Transitional Housing – Provides temporary lodging for a period of six months for families with children who previously maintained independent housing, but due to loss of income are currently in a homeless state. Also, long term low cost transitional housing is available to individuals as the being working and transitioning back into society. Without this program families are at a higher risk of depleting the family unit or losing their children to state custody.
Shelter Plus Care – Provides independent living units for single chronically disabled homeless. Units are 1-bedroom, 1 bath, fully furnished apartments. At the current time City of refuge provides support and case management for 12 units.
Emergency Relief Shelter – City of Refuge maintains two emergency relief efficiency apartments for singles or couples at the 201 Bryant location.
Education and mentoring Classes:
Youth Ministry – With partnership of a certified counselor and youth directory, City of Refuge provides an individual state of the art youth program for at risk teens served at the local facility
Family Mentoring (TNS – The Next Steps Program)
Hot Meal Feeding Program – Established in 1995 to provide free hot meals prepared onsite for the homeless and poverty level families. Approximately 400 hot meals are served each week. To-go meals are distributed to families referred by the local school systems.
Food Pantry – The food pantry was established in 1996 to provide free perishable and non-perishable food boxes for homeless, low income, and poverty level families and individuals on a monthly basis. The food pantry is certified by ServSafe and is lined to the Atlanta and Chattanooga food distribution systems
Clothing Closet – The clothing closet was established in 2008 to provide free clothing for individuals who qualified within the poverty guidelines. City of Refuge partners with all the local public and county schools to provide clothing for indigent children within the local area.
Hygienic Supplies – Provided for individuals who are unemployed or meet the poverty level guidelines. Families receiving food stamps also qualify for hygienic supplies
Shower Ministry – For homeless individuals living on the streets. This program provides a fresh change of clothing in addition to a goody bag with soap, shampoo, razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, etc.
Transportation – The City of Refuge provides transportation to its facility through van/bus services to the homeless “tent cities” and low income neighborhoods. The feeding program, food pantry, clothing closet, and transitional housing meet the basic needs of the disadvantaged in our communities and are the entry point into this ministry. Without proper transportation vehicles many would be in destitute situations with no assistance access.
DEO Medical Clinic – With the assistance of local doctors and nurses who volunteer their time, DEO provides minor medical treatment for uninsured individuals.
It is the goal of this ministry to establish personal relationships with the individuals served to gain trust by meeting their basic needs through the various free physical assistance programs. To build upon our relationships with said individuals to foster an environment for learning and emotional growth through the participation in various programs offered.