2014-10-09 – Planning Committee Preparing For 15th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk chattanoogan.com

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Planning Committee Preparing For 15th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk

Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Special Events Committee planning this year’s Grateful Gobbler Walk include:</p>
<p>First row (from left to right):  Stan McCright, Betsy McCright, Carol Johnson, Clare Sawyer, and Tina Vance</p>
<p>Second row (from left to right):  Ellen Hays, Eddie Centurion, Katie Morgan, Jessica Sullivan, Mike Rice, BettyeLynn Smith, Sanna Danley, Cathy Scott, Theresa Biggs, and Sandra Richelson.<br />
The Special Events Committee planning this year’s Grateful Gobbler Walk include: First row (from left to right): Stan McCright, Betsy McCright, Carol Johnson, Clare Sawyer, and Tina Vance Second row (from left to right): Ellen Hays, Eddie Centurion, Katie Morgan, Jessica Sullivan, Mike Rice, BettyeLynn Smith, Sanna Danley, Cathy Scott, Theresa Biggs, and Sandra Richelson.

The 15th Grateful Gobbler Walk will be held on Thanksgiving day at 8 a.m. at Coolidge Park.

“Over the next seven weeks, our Grateful Gobbler Special Events Planning Committee will be working feverishly to ensure this family fun event is bigger and better than ever,” officials said.

100% of the proceeds of the Walk will benefit the new Shelter for Homeless Families located onsite at the Community Kitchen on 11th St. This shelter will feature 13 units with 64 beds and is the first emergency shelter of its kind in Chattanooga, as it will provide a stable environment for an intact family to remain together as they search for permanent housing solutions.

The cost to participate in the Grateful Gobbler Walker is $25 for walkers/runners 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and under. Teams and individuals can register to walk, volunteer and/or donate at www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org  To inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathy Scott at cathyscott1000@gmail.com or at 423-298-2066.

2014-09-23 Registration open for Grateful Gobbler Walk and 5K nooga.com

2014-09-23 Registration Now Open For Grateful Gobbler Walk Chattanoogan.com

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One way for area families and friends to celebrate and create a new Thanksgiving tradition is by participating in the 15th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk. Registration is now open for this family fun walk at www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org. The Grateful Gobbler Walk will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 27) at 8 a.m. at Coolidge Park.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Walk will benefit the new Shelter for Homeless Families located onsite at the Community Kitchen on 11th Street. This emergency shelter will feature 13 units with 64 beds and is the first of its kind in Chattanooga, as it will provide an environment for an intact family to remain together as they search for permanent housing solutions. Other emergency shelters in Chattanooga have gender restrictions that result in most intact families being separated. As a result, fathers with young daughters are unable to be sheltered with their daughters and mothers with young sons must be separated, sometimes those as young as six-years-old.

“In Hamilton County, there are approximately 70 families, representing 200 persons, experiencing homelessness on any given night,” said David Denmark, executive director of the Maclellan Foundation, Inc.  “While this number is sobering, it also provides a baseline for targeting community resources. The new emergency Shelter for Families located at the Community Kitchen is designed to meet the unique challenges of homeless families and is a first step toward a sustainable solution to this problem.”

The cost to participate in the Grateful Gobbler Walker is $25 for walkers/runners 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and under. Teams and individuals can register to walk, volunteer and/or donate at www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org  To inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathy Scott at cathyscott1000@gmail.com or at 298-2066.

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2014-06-17 Jamie’s choice: Foundation to erect apartments for homeless families timesfreepress.com

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Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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by Yolanda Putnam

Jamie Britt, left, does laundry with her children Makenzie Smith, 9, and Matthew Smith, 10, at the Community Kitchen. Britt has been living with her children off and on in her car because the only family shelter available to them separates boys into a different home once they are age 10, and Britt doesn't want to split up the family.

Jamie Britt, left, does laundry with her children Makenzie Smith, 9, and Matthew Smith, 10, at the Community Kitchen. Britt has been living with her children off and on in her car because the only family shelter available to them separates boys into a different home once they are age 10, and Britt doesn’t want to split up the family.
Photo by Doug Strickland.

Your son or shelter?

That was the choice given to Jamie Britt.

The Maclellan Foundation doesn’t think homeless families should have to choose.

So it has committed $600,000 to build an emergency shelter for homeless families in Chattanooga.

It will be the only year-round emergency shelter for homeless families in the city.

First Baptist Church downtown operates a family shelter during the winter months, the Red Cross provides temporary shelter read more