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Formerly homeless, local artist Jack Lane is organizing art show

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Mikki Blaes
When Jack first came into the Community Kitchen over a decade ago, he walked into the kitchen’s Consider the Lilies Thrift Store and asked Denyce Carlock for a job. The two are fast friends now, but at the time Denyce said he came off as arrogant. “Is this all you’ve got?” He asked Denyce, looking around the menagerie of donated men’s and women’s clothes, stray lamps and alarm clocks, sets of dishes and cookware, soap and toiletrie ...keep reading

It’s all in the feet

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Mikki Blaes
The Chattanooga Community Kitchen’s Foot Care program was featured in today’s edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press! The article, Foot Care for the Homeless, highlighted the value of the program given the particular challenges that the homeless experience with their feet.  As the article notes, when Brother Ron Fender came to us in 2002, he created a special program inspired by the ancient, Biblical tradition of washing a guest’ ...keep reading

A visit from an old friend….

Posted on June 30, 2010 by Mikki Blaes
Chattanooga may just be the biggest small town in Tennessee. If you grew up in this area, you know that you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone you went to school with, attended church with or worked with at some point. Recently, one of our case managers unexpectedly ran into an old friend from high school. They shared stories, laughed at childhood memories and caught up on life…like friends do. Then, they had to get down to business. ...keep reading

The Alonzo Project

Posted on June 23, 2010 by Mikki Blaes
In our last newsletter, we discussed our recycling program extensively. Apparently the discussion was overdue. We had a flood of calls. One came from a local church that had decided to take recycling on as a group to help the environment while supporting the Kitchen. The church was inspired by a member named Wally who had met and befriended a homeless man named Alonzo in January of 2010. Wally owns a business in Chattanooga and met Alonzo one ...keep reading

A name with a face

Posted on June 2, 2010 by Mikki Blaes
Do you ever see someone you recognize but not remember their name? Perhaps you think for a minute, pondering where you know that person from, wondering if they remember you. Here at the Kitchen, we see a lot of faces - it can be hard to link a name to each face. Recently, one of the coordinators for St. Catherine’s Women’s Shelter was training a new volunteer to be an overnight host. Somehow she knew the volunteer’s face. She couldn’t ...keep reading

Updated Current Needs

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Mikki Blaes
Our current needs, in order of importance, are as follows: Financial Support Kitchen Needs: Napkins Sandwich Baggies Lunch Bags Lysol Spray, Wipes, and Cleaner #10 Cans of Carrots, Corn, Sweet Peas, Pork n Beans, Baked Beans, Black Eye Peas, Great Northern and Pinto Beans, Potatoes ( White or Sweet), and Fruit Bleach Latex Gloves Corn Starch Grits Sugar (5 lb bags or more) Instant Dry Milk (50 lbs or 100 lbs bags) Tube and/or Sh ...keep reading

A note from Rob Lawrence, HELP 2 case manager

Posted on August 28, 2009 by Mikki Blaes
This spring, Frances McDonald brought an art project into the Community Kitchen. The following is Rob Lawrence's description of the project and it's impact. "Homes" On Main St., across from Createhere Steel sculpture and 300 4x4 ceramic tiles The 300 tiles making up the obelisk sculpture were created by homeless artists at The Chattanooga Community Kitchen and other area churches and agencies. Facilitated by Frances McDonald of Mark Mak ...keep reading