During September, countless communities across America come together to fight hunger during Hunger Action Month. Every community in this country is home to families who face food insecurity. In 2019, 905,090 people were food insecure in Tennessee. Of those individuals, East Tennessee residents made up 38%. Not sure how to fight hunger in your community? You can make a stand against hunger in these four easy ways.
Each of CCETN’s 10 programs aim to address key issues that are most prevalent in the East Tennessee region. Read about the services we provide through our community-centered programs and learn more about our impact throughout East Tennessee.
We’re all asking: when is it ok to hug someone, to shake someone’s hand, or to sit in a seat next to someone? What are the rules now? Having to consider such questions can itself be a source of anxiety and stress. There are not shelves of books telling us how to make the perfect re-entry into normal. Where then do we begin? Here are five tips that mental health practitioners are sharing as we re-enter a post pandemic society.
This question-and-answer series is dedicated to honoring our clients at our Horizon House 1 & 2 and Five Rivers campuses, our community supportive housing for individuals navigating chronic mental illness. We aim to showcase that while our clients have a mental health condition – there is so much more about them that is worthy of embracing. Read on for David's conversation.
This question-and-answer series is dedicated to honoring our clients at our Horizon House 1 & 2 and Five Rivers campuses, our community supportive housing for individuals navigating chronic mental illness. We aim to showcase that while our clients have a mental health condition – there is so much more about them that is worthy of embracing. Read on for Allen's conversation.
It’s natural to want to help someone you are worried about, however it can be difficult to know what to do in situations like this. With the right tools, we can all be more prepared to support someone we care about, as family and friends are often the first lines of defense in managing a mental illness. Read on for tips on how to support someone through mental illness.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and we believe no child should ever have to endure neglect. Yet, neglect and other forms of child abuse are overwhelmingly common in our immediate neighborhoods and greater nation. In fact, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States. The safety and care of children, both born and unborn, are pillars in our mission and Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is committed to reducing the impact of child abuse in our region by sharing resources like those found in this blog.
After living as a resident at Horizon House II for a few years, something wonderful happened. Scott met Amanda, a new resident. Knowing he was interested in Amanda, Scott asked her out on a date. The bond they formed was so strong that they were officially dating a week later and got engaged six months after that.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While trafficking victims disproportionately affect the immigrant community, it can happen in any community and victims can be of any age, race, gender or nationality. our Office of Immigrant Services (OIS) has helped clients who have bravely escaped a trafficking situation. This is Louise’s story.
We all know it takes a village to raise a child, and for individuals like Kim – C.H.A.P. is her village. If you know someone who is struggling with the transition into parenthood, at any stage in life, refer them to our C.H.A.P. program. We’re here to help them and many others like Kim.
Our Samaritan Place (SAM) provides shelter and support for seniors in crisis through emergency, transitional and permanent housing services. Of the nearly 45 current residents there, eight are veterans.
Homelessness is a growing issue for East Tennessee, especially in the Knoxville area. As one of our service areas, we strive to alleviate the grip homelessness has on our neighbors, even if that means helping to make them a little more comfortable in their current situation. Unfortunately, it’s not a secret that when a homeless individual is unable to find shelter, they most likely resort to sleeping on the street— sometimes without any barrier between their body and the ground.
The phenomenal work OIS is doing has recently been recognized by Centro Hispano, a nonprofit who is the leading resource for East Tennessee’s Latino community.
Since 2002, CCETN’s Pregnancy Help Centers (PHC) have been a valuable resource for the community. The programs provide nonjudgmental, unconditional support for individuals who are facing or who have faced a pregnancy. Our support to moms and dads, and foster and custodial parents respects the dignity and culture of each person choosing to move forward with their pregnancy.
“A path to citizenship, similar to what I went through, is what most of my clients dream of achieving.” - Alessandra Ceccarelli, Office of Immigrant Services Program Leader
The Crazy Quilt Friendship Center serves low-income families in the Newcomb and Jellico areas and is open weekly on T/W/TR. Services include a food pantry; emergency assistance program; and community programs for children.
Our inaugural HOPE Kitchen ministry was one for the books! We saw over 300 souls and delivered much needed hygiene items as well as a hot meal.
Many of you are familiar with our Baby Bottle Campaign. As a result of the COVID pandemic, we have been unable to hand out our bottles as normal.
UPDATE: The CCETN Board of Trustees and staff have announced that out of concern and protection for our donors and guests in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the 2020 Chattanooga Annual Dinner has been cancelled. Stay tuned for the March 2021 Annual Dinner date!
Please consider making a difference in the lives of children impacted by social and emotional abuse, physical harm, and neglect. Your generosity helps to
ensure these children remain in safe keeping during their most critical time of need. Please visit our Children's Emergency Shelter and Assessment Center to learn more or donate.