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How We Help

Metropolitan Ministries staff and volunteers help clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, which are reserved for seniors over the age of 62, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There are 33 slots available each of those days. The demand for help is quite high, though, and those 33 slots are always filled by the time we open our doors at 8:00 am.

 

Standard Assistance Areas include help with:

  • Past due utility bills (electricity, gas, water, and sewer)
  • Past due rent payments, and
  • Food vouchers to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (available only on Mondays and Tuesdays).
  • Grocery Store for seniors available only on Wednesdays.

From the 1-15 of each month we help with rent, water, sewer, gas, and food. From the 15-the end of each month, we assist with EPB (electricity), water, sewer, gas, and food.

 

Clients are interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis rather than by appointment. There are no geographic limitations.

 

The Ministry helps clients with one resource at a time. Every effort is made to refer clients to other agencies that may be able to help with other emergency needs. All clients are encouraged, while they are at the Garcia Center, to interview with the Stability Navigator to access goods and services that can help assure their longer-term stability.

 

In order to have a successful interview, clients must present:

  • A valid photo ID
  • the names, incomes, and social security numbers of all household members, and
  • Proof of their need for help (other than food): a past due utility bill, a past due notice from the client's landlord (must include contact information for landlord and past due amount), for example.

Other documentation may be requested, depending on the situation.

 

Understanding that each client's situation is unique, Ministry staff and volunteers recommend emergency financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.

 

Each client will be welcomed warmly, will hear an overview of our assistance protocols before the individual interviews begin, and will be treated with dignity and respect.

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Thankful Memorial Visit

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advocacy and awareness

Thankful Memorial Visit

What a privilege to introduce Larry Dartis and to speak beside him at Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church this morning!

The Rev. Bonnie Underwood was filling in for Mother Leyla, who's at General Convention. >more

June Dog Days at MetMin

33 2-leggeds and 48 4-leggeds in 3 hours! Way to go, Dr. Angelica and McKamey Staff! Well done, MetMin volunteers - Beverly and Mary Margaret and Elena! Way to capture the chaos, MetMin staff - Connie and Miller and Anna Kat! >more