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Our hope is for the residents of East Chattanooga to be transformed through meaningful work and reconciliation with Christ.

We believe inside every person are untapped talents often covered by layers of neglect, abuse, illness, and oppression. But with the same patience and compassion that Jesus showed us, the people of God can walk alongside disadvantaged people, meeting their immediate needs while also uncovering their hidden talents. We want to see materially poor people move from dependency to self-sufficiency, from crisis to hope.

Hope for the Inner City is a Christian organization that engages, invests in, and empowers our neighbors to bring economic stability to their community for the glory of God, beginning with East Chattanooga.

We envision the restoration of dignity to Chattanooga’s inner city residents for the reconciliation of our communities to God through Jesus Christ.

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”



Hope for the Inner City is a merger of two faith-based organizations with a shared history of helping people trapped in poverty and despair.

For 37 years, Inner City Ministries reached the poor through mercy ministry and youth programs. For 11 years, Hope for Chattanooga moved many of these same people from dependency to self-sufficiency. Both nonprofits, separately launched by New City Fellowship pastor Randy Nabors, merged in 2007.

Today, Hope for the Inner City partners with churches and other organizations to bring good news, hope, and renewal to Chattanooga’s inner city.

Since 1971, the people at Hope for the Inner City have walked alongside chronically poor residents of East Chattanooga. We’ve lent them a listening ear and a helping hand. We’ve furnished food, dental care, prescriptions, and after-school tutoring. We’ve helped them balance a checkbook and learn to read. We’ve helped some secure temporary housing. We’ve helped others find permanent homes and good jobs, and we’ve taught them the skills to retain both.

Our Neighborhoods

Chattanooga is a town of extremes. We have mountains and valleys as well as wealth and poverty. We have wealthiest zip code in Tennessee as well as its poorest. People live in the same town but they experience life in extremely different ways.

Hope the Inner City exist 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 people who are economically poor—with the ability to help themselves and others.

We are committed to equipping people 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 organizations allows 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. We are unique because we serve starting with mercy ministry that leads to life and generational change.

In a sentence: we are a ministry that services the poor from start to finish.