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Why We Love

#LoveChattanooga is our outreach initiate to love and serve our community all year long.

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11

God loves us right where we are, just as we are- brokenness and all. He doesn't expect us to get it all together before He loves us, He doesn't expect anything in return for His love. Instead He demonstrated His great love for us through Jesus. And if this is the love that we have been given, then this is the love we want to give.

We love because God first loved us. That's what Love Chattanooga means.  

We want to love those in our city right where they are, regardless of their story, regardless of their past. We want to love them in a way that helps meet their tangible needs in the moment, but also points them to the hope found in Jesus.

Community Partners

A big part of Love Chattanooga is our community partners. We partner long-term with organizations and ministries in our city who make a difference in our local community, reaching people we don’t know how to or wouldn’t be equipped to like they are. We come alongside them to support and encourage, love and equip, meet tangible needs, serve hands on, and partner financially and relationally.  

For more information about our partners and how you can get involved, email our #LoveChattanooga team at [email protected].

2023 Long-Term Partners

Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth (ATCM) is a faith-based, residential recovery program for men and women, 18-50, struggling in addiction and other life debilitating issues. Throughout the program, they address their students' physical health, relationship with man and God, and emotional well-being. 

Blue Monarch

Blue Monarch provides a long-term, residential and therapeutic Christian community for women and their children to break adverse cycles and rebuild their families. They offer each woman a one to two-year residential program specifically designed to fit her individual needs and help her further her education, break her addictions, become a better mother, obtain a job and gain independence.

First Things First

First Things First helps families start and stay strong. They provide resources that guide people in their relationships so they can live better lives. Their heart for those they serve is that healthy relationship skills will be passed down by every family from generation to generation.

Hardy Elementary

Hardy Elementary is a Title I school and a part of the Opportunity Zone Learning Community. They have approximately 500 students, Pre-K through 5th grade, along with 75 faculty and staff members, who are committed to empowering students to be learners and leaders.

How We Partner

Meet Tangible Needs

Hands On Service

Financial Giving

The Boards in the entryway are covered in cards that represent specific needs in our community. Each Sunday, there is opportunity to take a card and meet a tangible need. One card at a time, one person at a time, we  can love Chattanooga.
We serve hands on with our partners.  From cleaning and organizing their facilities, preparing hygiene kits, delivering meals to our homeless communities, to running games at field day,  we partner relationally and show up to serve however we are needed.
Every month a percentage of all giving church wide is poured directly back into local non-profits and organizations to support our community.  This allows us to say yes to big and small needs that we are made aware of throughout the year.

#LoveChattanooga Impacts

We love sharing and celebrating the stories of what is made possible through #LoveChattanooga. We do this not only to celebrate all God is doing throughout our city, but to also express our gratitude to every single person that has helped us love those most in need in our community.

For a full list of our month to month impacts, CLICK HERE.

February 2024

  • We delivered Crumbl cookies on Valentine’s Day to the students and staff at ATCM. Often times, holidays can pass by the students in the program, and a simple gift or treat can go a long way to help them feel seen and connected to the world around them
  • We were able to sponsor the purchase of branded shirts for all the staff - this small change makes such a difference in how staff are seen by the community, the residents and themselves as it elevates the professionalism of the work they do.

  • We provided $2,500 for the first quarter of this year to fund the Carmen Simmons Reunification Program which makes custody meetings, child visitations, and legal proceedings for the moms at Blue Monarch possible. As the number of families they are serving increases, the costs for doing this have risen quite high, so it is a huge blessing to them that we can help out in this way,
  • From B/M: “Blue Monarch’s mission is to break adverse cycles and rebuild families. For the last 21 years we have been fighting to restore families because both the child and mother heal better when they are together. The children we serve have taught us -- it doesn’t matter how beautiful of a life you give a child, it never seems truly beautiful to the child without their Mom. Many mothers come from such adverse circumstances that once custody is lost they really have no hope of restoring that relationship because the hurdles and obstacles they must overcome feel insurmountable. Blue Monarch’s Carmen Simmons Reunification Program helps a healthy, sober mom maneuver through that extremely difficult, seemingly impossible process of family restoration. We walk hand in hand with the moms to help them communicate with attorneys, navigate complex court situations, and meet all requirements of child protective agencies. We ensure phone calls, video calls, and in-person visits regardless of time, distance, or other significant difficulties. It is an honor to have walked alongside 354 children who have been reunited with a healthy, sober, and loving mother. We are incredibly grateful for the support of RockPoint and Love Chattanooga! You have been instrumental in the lives of 59 of those children who were reunited with their mothers because of your faithful love and support of our ministry and this life-changing program.”
  • To celebrate the staff members at Blue Monarch this Valentine’s Day, a couple volunteers put together some care gifts filled with self-care items like lotion, chocolates, nail polish, gift cards and a few other treats. Care for staff members at our community partners is a huge part of our heart as we partner with organizations. We hear again and again from partners how care for their staff directly impacts the people they serve, extending encouragement, energy and joy to the organizations as a whole.

  • Bridge Classroom is a learning community program providing support to elementary students who have repeatedly violated school rules and exhibit medium to severe behaviors and are learning methods for successful self-regulation to help re-integrate into traditional schools. We have supported the program through sponsoring food for instructors training sessions, and most recently to help fill an overlooked need within the classrooms themselves - food insecurity. The kids in these 8 classrooms have a lot of things contributing to inappropriate behavior, and one of these is not having access to healthy food. Bridge tries to help by providing snacks during the day that can offset blood sugar irregularities from poor nutrition and thereby maintain better self-regulation and emotions. We were able to meet the need to provide healthy snack options for the program. 

  • Many of the people they serve lack even the most basic needs of socks - they give out over 100 pairs a day on average. Meeting the need for that as well as other things like soap, shampoo, shaving kits, and winter clothes has made it possible for the Foundation to continue to meet the basic needs of those who are desperately seeking help.

  • Hardy is very excited to add a School Counselor to their team! It is critical to the experience to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for the kids to open up and feel safe. We are grateful to have been able to help by purchasing a large area rug for them to use in the room..
  • Funding to Hardy Elementary helped to provide a unique experience for the Pre K and Kindergarten students this month! Members of the Chattanooga Theatre company did a fun and creative presentation for the kids, exposing them to behind the scenes fun and joy of live theatre! The younger kids  at Hardy rarely get to go on any field trips due to higher staffing needs and lack of parental chaperones, so having the field trip come to them was so exciting, especially to teach them about the arts.