Community Resource Guide

This community resource guide lists programs and services available to our community. Each section is designed so you can scan its contents and find sources that fit your needs. W

Topics covered include: Covid-19 resources, finance and self-sufficiency, food resources, disabilities support services, health care resources (medical, dental, mental health), housing and transportation, school readiness, child support, elder care, continuing education, parent support

Sequatchie Valley Head Start Resource Guide

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Finance and Self-Sufficiency

Families First

The Families First program emphasizes work, training, and personal responsibility. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. The Families First program helps participants reach this goal by providing temporary cash assistance, transportation, child care assistance, educational supports, job training, employment activities, and other support services.

Family Self-Sufficiency

The program provides financial assistance for employment and education related expenses to low-income families. Assistance helps families enter or maintain employment. Services include, but are not limited to mileage reimbursement, child care, uniforms, and auto repair.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Chattanooga does a lot more than credit counseling.

Check out our free services including: Debt Management, Financial Education, Counseling Service, Student Loan Information. 


The mission is to provide equitable financial services and coaching as a pathway out of predatory loans. Provide affordable installment loans structured to make repayment as easily as possible. Provide financial coaches who help our borrowers wrangle their financial lives and improve their credit score. Enable our clients to graduate to conventional financial services.

Smart Steps

The Child Care Certificate Program provides child care financial assistance to families who are working or pursuing post-secondary education and who meet certain income eligibility requirements

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Learn more by clicking here.

Career OneStop


Career OneStop is the pathway to career success with tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. 


American Job Centers

Southeast Tennessee

Serving job seekers and employers in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.


TennesseeWorks is a partnership of agencies and organizations focused on increasing employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities

Food Resources

Marion County Community Ministries

141 Alabama St.
Sequatchie, TN – 37374
(423) 942-9556

Bledsoe County Community Food Bank

384 Cumberland Ave.
Pikeville, Tennessee 37367


Sequatchie County Fellowship of Churches and Food Bank

103 Heard St
Dunlap, Tennessee 37327
(423) 949-7716

Grundy County Food Bank

Open Every Tuesday from 8am-10am.

822 Main St, Tracy City, TN 37387

Rhea County Food Banks

Food Pantry of Dayton

1273 Dayton Mountain Hwy, Dayton, TN 37321

(423) 775-1000

 Dayton Church of God

3314 Rhea County Hwy, Dayton, TN 37321

(423) 775-2769

We Care Community Services, Inc.

We Care is a non-profit, Budget Market, Thrift Center, Housing & Community Services organization for the Rhea County area.

(423) 775-4333

1273 Dayton Mountain Hwy.

P.O. Box 307

Dayton, TN 37321

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

People may apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at their local Department of Human Services county office or by applying online using the Family Assistance (FA) Online application.

Cornerstone Ministry

In cooperation with the Marion County Food Bank, foo is distributed at Cornerstone Ministries on the last Saturday of the month. Participants may drive up and get a food box and a hot meal.  Please call ahead with the number of hot food plates needed. Bring your Marion County Food Bank card or a photo ID. 

300 Cornerstone Drive

Jasper, TN 37347

(423) 942-1090

Women, Infant and Children (WIC)

Do you have or need a WIC appointment? Services are being done by phone. Call your local county health department or


Food Bank Search

Find local pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks, and other food help.

Disabilities Support Services

Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS)

TEIS helps families with children with disabilities or developmental delays connect to the supports and services they need. 

You may make a referral to TEIS by calling (800) 852-7157 or by completing an online referral form. 

Siskin Children's Institute

Siskin Children’s Institute works to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families. Through assessment, diagnosis, and early intervention our programs can help your child reach their full potential. Siskin also offers parent resource and family workshops. 

Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)

Our mission is to empower parents through information, training, and support to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children.

Director of East TN Services

Name: Beth Smith
Phone: (423) 639-0125 ext. 17

Bilingual Community Outreach and Education Specialist

Name: Dorca Rose Guayurpa
Phone: (423) 290-3391

HEATH Resource Center

National clearinghouse on postsecondary education for persons with disabilities. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Education. HEATH has information about the educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities

Transition Tennessee

Tennessee’s online home to training and resources on preparing students with disabilities for life after high school. Their goal is to improve transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by sharing research-based practices and policies.

Southeast Tennessee Area on Aging and Disability

The mission of the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability is to help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities.

Health Care Resources

Health Department Dental Clinics

Health Department Dental Clinics: The clinics provide dental services for children under the age of 21 that are enrolled in TennCare and children who are uninsured. The clinics also provide emergency care and limited continued dental care for uninsured adults. In our area Dental Clinics are located at in the Marion, Grundy, and Bledsoe County Health Departments. Information about these locations can be found here.

Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine

The Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine is ready to help you kick the tobacco habit. The QuitLine offers support from specially trained counselors who will provide individualized advice on how to quit for good. The 4Ds: Deep breathing, drinking water, delaying tobacco use and doing something else are just a few examples of the advice you will receive from the QuitLine.

You may also join the program online here. IT’S FREE!!

TennCare Connect

TennCare Connect is an online tool for Tennesseans to apply for TennCare, CoverKids, and Medicare Savings Programs! After you’re approved, you can also use TennCare Connect to manage your coverage. 

Health Insurance Market Place

Affordable Care Act

How to apply & enroll

Ways to apply for 2020 health insurance

Open enrollment is over but if you have recently lost your job you are eligible to apply. 

School Based Dental Prevention Program

The School Based Dental Prevention Program (SBDPP) is a statewide; school based preventive dental program targeting children in grades kindergarten through eighth in schools with 50 percent or more of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Click to read more or reach out to your local school system.

Community Health Center Finder

Community Health Centers are community-based and patient-driven organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include low-income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing.  Health centers serve everyone regardless of ability to pay or insurance status and most offering a sliding scale fee system. 

SafeLink Wireless

SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer LifeLine service, a program that enables qualifying customers to receive discounts on monthly telephone service. In our version of the program, you will receive free cellular service, a SIM card, and the assurance that you will get no bills and no contracts EVER!

As part of this commitment, we are offering all new and existing SafeLink customers Unlimited Talk & Text and an extra 5GB of free data* (in addition to your current plan allotment). You don’t need to do anything. This benefit will be automatically applied to your account.

United Way of Rhea County

P.O. Box 669
224 4th Avenue Suite 101
Dayton, TN 37321
Phone: (423) 775-5633
Fax: (423) 775-5609

Aunt Bertha presented by Aunt Bertha

Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help and verified social care providers that serve them.

Thousands of nonprofits and social care providers serve their communities. But for most people, navigating the system to get help has been difficult, time consuming, and frustrating. Too many Americans are suffering, and they don’t need to.

So at Aunt Bertha, we created a social care network that connects people and programs — making it easy for people to find social services in their communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for customers to integrate social care into the work they already do.

Behavioral Health Safety Net of Tennessee

The Behavioral Health Safety Net of TN (BHSN of TN) provides core behavioral health services to Tennesseans lacking insurance coverage.  

• 146 Office Locations Statewide
• Outpatient Services Only
• Behavioral health medication
provided through CoverRx.

Tennessee Health Department Search

Tennessee’s local health departments provide a variety of health services, both to keep you healthy, and if you are sick, to get you well. We hope you will take advantage of these services. Services include Child Health,  Primary Care, Immunization Shots, Family Planning, STD Control, WIC, and Vital Records to name a few. 

Smiles, Inc.

Dedicated to improving the oral health of low-income citizens by providing access to affordable or free quality dental care.

107 E 10th Street in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (in the old National Guard Armory)


Mobile Crisis Services

Mobile Crisis Services is a 24/7/365 response team for those who are experiencing a mental health emergency.
Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) and you will be routed to a trained crisis specialist in your area.

National Institute for Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health

Remote Area Medical Clinics (RAM)

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major nonprofit provider of free mobile clinics. Our mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. We do this by delivering free dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals. Click here to find a RAM clinic near you. 

Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

An organization of 60,000 pediatritians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults

State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Medicare Participants

SHIP is a national program that provides free and objective one-on-one counseling, information and help to people with Medicare, people who may need Medicare, and people looking into Medicare with someone else in mind.

For more information about SHIP, call 1-877-801-0044. Currently, all of our in-person events and counseling locations are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, you can email us at . Until we can safely open we will be providing virtual counseling sessions.

SAPT Treatment Providers

Although there are no Medical Assistant Treatments (MATs) for opioid users in our immediate area as of now, this PDF provides a list of providers within an hour – 90 minute drive that covers everything from MATs to assistance for: pregnant women, adolescents, HIV/AIDs, residential, outpatient, and halfway houses.

Housing and Transportation

SETHRA Housing and Energy

Crisis Intervention, Homeless Assistance, Housing Choice Voucher, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, Project Help,  Project Hometown, Supportive Housing Program, Supportive Housing Program

SETHRA Transportation

SETHRA transportation operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Buses do not operate on Saturdays, Sundays, New Year’s Day, MLK Holiday, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Service Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Local Time
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Local Time

School Readiness

The Imagination Library

Enroll a Child in The Imagination Library

Every child in Tennessee, from birth to age five, is eligible to receive high-quality, age-appropriate books in the mail monthly at no cost to families. Enroll or update your address here.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration,, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspuire a lifelong love of reading.

Child Support

TN Child Support Enforcement

If you are having difficulty obtaining child support for your child(ren) or wish to establish paternity of your child(ren), the Department of Human Services can help. The Child Support Program provides services that promote parental responsibility to meet the financial needs of children and their families.

Tennessee Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity Program

What is the VAoP? A simple legal process for an unmarried mother to establish paternity with the biological father. This process will allow the father’s name to be added to the birth certificate and if the parents choose, for the child to have his last name.

Elder Care

SETHRA Elder Support

Provides a community-based, cost-effective alternative to institutional nursing facility care. Homemaker Services; Personal Care Services; Minor Home Modifications; Respite Care; Personal Care Assistance/Attendant ; Family Caregiver Support; Homemaker Service


Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers and provides education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge

Tennessee Valley Region Relative Caregiver Program (RCP)

The program provides a “one-stop-shop” for relatives who are raising children related to them by blood, or marriage.  It is designed to be a comprehensive system of information, referrals, and support services that will promote resource awareness and stability for families.  RCP serves the counties of  Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie. 

Continuing Education

Tennessee Reconnect

What is the Tennessee Reconnect Grant?

The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is a last-dollar grant that pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied.

The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is available for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree, technical degree, or technical diploma at a Tennessee community college or technical college.

The Tennessee Reconnect Grant can also be used at an eligible public or private college or university towards an eligible associate degree, but it is not a last-dollar grant.


Federal Pell Grant Program

The Department of Education runs the Federal Pell Grant Program to promote postsecondary education (college and trade school) for students from low-income households. Grants are similar to scholarships and don’t need to be repaid. Student must complete a FASFA application. Click here for more.

Adult Education


Tennessee Adult Education provides basic skills upgrades and works with individuals to help them meet their educational and career goals. We have classes across the state to enhance future employment opportunities and personal growth.

Parent Support

Tennessee Breast Feeding Hotline

The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), is available to nursing mothers and partners, their families, expectant mothers, and health care providers seeking breastfeeding support and information. The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


Helping Your Preschool Child

From the U.S. Department of Education, this booklet highlights techniques parents can use to encourage their children to develop the skills necessary for success in school and life by focusing on their health, physical well-being, social and emotional preparation and lanaguae skills and general knowlesge of the world


The Nurture® TN Program is about moms helping other moms. Through the use of technology, Nurture® TN mentors are connected with new moms who need a little extra support. Moms use their mobile phones to interact with mentors and ask questions or receive information, as needed.

Parent Leadership Tennessee


The Parent Leadership Tennessee initiative provides parents and practitioners across the state the opportunity to advocate for programs and policies that strengthen families and communities. Using their own unique experiences, parents are informing decisions that impact children and families and transforming community practice.

Parenting Support Line

Parent Helpline


Because children don’t come with the instructions, we operate the Parent Helpline 24/7 to support parents and caregivers in their moments of crisis or desperation. No issue or question is too small! 


Your baby won’t stop crying, and you need someone to talk to about it.

You’re worried about your child’s peer group.

Your pre-schooler is having an issue with tantrums, and you need advice.

You’re worried about how your recent divorce is impacting your child.

You’re concerned about your child’s development.

If you are dealing with these or other issues, our counselors can help you find the resources you need.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

TSPN Resource Directory 2020

This guide contains important information about warning signs, resources, and training for suicide prevention. There’s information for everyone including veterans, those that survive suicide loss, and those with mental health issues.