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The Chattanooga Community Kitchen is open from 7:00AM until 5:00PM every day of the year (and 24/7 in select programs). We offer bathrooms, showers, day shelter, meals, clothing, case management, housing assistance...and much more. Programs are accessed in person - enter through the doors under the green awning at 727 East 11th Street; ask for guidance at the welcome desk or at the upstairs day center desk. See below for specifics regarding the programs we offer.
We serve three meals a day every day of the year - no questions asked. We hope the meal will serve as a starting point, helping build a foundation from which we can help you on your path to self-sufficiency. Meals are often cafeteria style, but we're working daily to improve the experience through a program we call "dining with dignity." Through this program, we serve "restaurant style" meals complete with table service and a menu.
Meals times (seven days a week):
• Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:00AM
• Lunch 11:30AM to 12:30PM
• Dinner 3:30PM to 4:30PM
Clothing and basic goods are provided at no charge to those in need through our Consider the Lilies Clothing Program. Whether you are in need and receiving give-away or are a paying customer, you will shop from the same racks and check out at the same register. Each year, give-away exceeds sales by at least 80%; proceeds from sales are used to provide employment opportunities for those we serve.
Consider the Lilies is located at the corner of East 11th and Peeples Street, across the street from the Homeless Health Care Center. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
See a case manager for needs beyond a basic change of clothing and seasonal attire.
Shelter & Housing
Whether immediate shelter is needed or a safe space to stay while transitioning to independence, we offer a variety of case managed supportive services to help ensure the greatest success in permanent housing:
Permanent Supportive Housing: Case managers work with individuals and families to find permanent housing as quickly as possible; once housed, case managers continue to work with participants to ensure stability and success. Placement in properties owned by the kitchen and offsite is based on acuity of need through a vulnerability index. See a case manager or day center staff person for an assessment.
The Maclellan Shelter for Families offers short-term emergency shelter to as many as 13 families with children at a time. Each room has a private bath with access to laundry facilities, dedicated case management support, and the Kitchen’s comprehensive programs serving the homeless.
The House of All Souls: The House of All Souls is a nine bedroom home especially designed to be a quiet, peaceful, and loving home for chronically homeless men with disabilities. Each resident has a private bedroom. There are several large common areas within the home, including a den with a fireplace and a library area as well as a laundry room on both floors.
Museum Street: Museum Street exists in two separate houses; each house has four bedrooms with private bathrooms and a common living room. One house is for homeless women with disabilities, the other house provides housing for homeless men with disabilities. This project was made possible in part by funds provided by the Fed Home Loan Bank and the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Neighborhood Services and Community Development.
Saint Matthew’s Shelter for Men: Saint Matthew’s Men’s Shelter offers nightly beds to as many as ten men at a time. Guests of the shelter are involved in programs such as the Homeless Health Care Center’s VIP drug and alcohol program and are referred by case managers. The shelter is open nightly from 5:30PM until 6:30AM the following morning.
Saint Catherine’s Shelter for Women and Children: Saint Catherine’s is the sister shelter to Saint Matthew’s and offers 8 nightly beds to women and their young children while they participate in self-sufficiency programs.
Cold Weather Warming Shelter: During the coldest of months, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen strives to offer a warm, safe place for anyone on the streets. While blankets and mats are often available, the shelter is not a "night shelter" with beds, but instead a safe, warm space to avoid the inclement weather. Operations typically become 24/7 during these coldest periods. Inquire at the day center for details.
In the Community Kitchen’s Day Center, basic, essential services like bathrooms and showers, telephones, mail, washers and dryers, and more are available. You can also simply sit down and get a moment’s rest.
Case managers are onsite throughout the facility, offering initial outreach and assessment as well as engagement in educational and self-sufficiency programming. In addition, outside agencies such as Veterans Affairs, Social Security, the Department of Human Services, Chattanooga Cares, and many more offer their services under our roof. By offering our own services as well as those of partner agencies in one space, we are able to deliver services efficiently while breaking down barriers to success.
Day Center services include: restrooms and showers, telephones (to make local calls), mail (to receive correspondence/get identification), computer access, sitting area, washers/dryers, hygiene items, foot care, educational resources and programming (including artistic and musical programs), case management (including outside agency collaboration), meditation space, and much more.
Homeless Health Care Center: The Clinic, as we call it, offers on-site primary health care to anyone that is homeless. In addition, they operate VIP (Victory in Progress), an intensive outpatient alcohol and drug abuse program. Even more, they offer general and mental health case management.
Foot Care: Our foot clinic offers basic care to your most basic and often-used mode of transportation: your feet. Several days a week, student nurses provide basic foot care in a compassionate manner.
Our job-training program offers part-time, temporary employment for individuals as they search for permanent employment. Individuals train with kitchen staff to provide an excellent opportunity to earn income while searching for long-term employment. Our case managers can help you discover more about this program.
Case managers are available to assist you in establishing a game plan for success; this kind of support is one of the critical factors in overcoming the condition of homelessness.
Permanent Supportive Housing: Case managers meet with individuals and families experiencing homelessness to assess their needs and find permanent housing opportunities.
General: We also offer more general case management for those unsure of where to begin. General case managers make referrals to programs once your needs have been identified.
Outreach: Outreach is conducted in partnership with the Homeless Health Care Clinic to provide care to our homeless camps around the city.
Do you need something not listed? Please call 211 or visit our resources page for information on partner agencies.