Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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.
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