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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 Connections Director: [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.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Chattanooga serves thousands each year through an array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

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.

August 2023

First Things First
  • As FTF expands their work to help families transition to permanent housing, we were able to fund purchases of “Welcome Home Kits” with basic home supplies like mops, paper towels, toilet paper, towels and cleaning supplies. Most of these families come into their new homes with little to nothing. Having basic tangible home items like these are incredibly helpful. 
  • FTF is launching a new program E.P.I.C., soon. E.P.I.C - Empowered Parents In Community - is a weekly class for parents to help them develop community and grow in their parenting skills. We are able to provide funds ($4,000) for them to offer a free dinner at these weekly meetings for the parents for the year.

  • MetMin seeks to stop homelessness before it starts and provides recovery services for those who’ve already fallen into homelessness. We donated over $1200 worth of items to help them serve our homeless community in need. These items included things like: tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, ponchos and bike helmets. 

Hardy Elementary
  • As Hardy kicked off the school year, they expressed the need for new school uniforms, undergarments and shoes for students in need. We were able to provide $1000 to help teachers and administration purchase needed clothing items throughout the school year for their students.  
  • We purchased two new teacher rugs to welcome a new PreK teacher and 5th grade teacher to Hardy. Teacher rugs are a huge help as they are usually not provided by the school and teachers have to cover the cost. It makes for a great welcome gift! 
  • We funded the “Happy Cart” for the teachers and staff. This is a fun cart that the administration takes around to the staff on Fridays for them to enjoy and snack, sweet treat or drink of their choice.