Chattanooga is a unique town. It is a town of extremes. We are large in dimension, and yet it retains its small-town feel. Our weather is extremely hard to predict, and our landscapes include rolling mountains and sprawling valleys.
The extremes also include the people and their circumstances. On a normal day a visitor to our beautiful city can hear all sorts of accents from around the country and the world. And if one looks closely, you will also observe those who are affluent and those who live in the midst of poverty.
Amidst this ever fluid and changing economic landscape are many agencies that are committed to helping the poor. However, Hope the Inner City’s uniqueness is found in our mission to help those who live in poverty escape it—permanently.
Our target: East Chattanooga, the city’s poorest neighborhood.
Our message: God created all people—including the poor—with the ability to help themselves and others.
That means that we are not simply committed to the perpetual feeding and clothing of those around us, but to equipping them with the skills that will create the self worth and sufficiency that can change the lives of men, women and children for generations to come.
Our partnership with local Christians, churches and various organizationsallows us to offer the region’s largest diversity of services that include: food, clothing, health and dental care, housing, job readiness, adult literacy, youth leadership and more.
We are humbled by God’s wisdom to use Hope for the Inner City to be such a unique resource in Chattanooga. Ultimately our uniqueness can be summed up in one sentence: a ministry that services the poor from start (mercy ministry) to finish (life and generational change).