Community Resource Guide

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

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

Covid-19 Resources

COVID-19 Emergency Cash Assistance

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. 

Tennessee Unemployment Benefits

The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim. 

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund Apply For Aid

Through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Each approved grant is $500, one per person only.

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

1-800-DIAL-WIC. 

Forgivable Small Business Loans - Covid 19

Beginning April 3, Tennessee small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can tap the U.S. Small Business Administration‘s new Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP loans are designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and cover essential operating expenses. The SBA will forgive loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.

Free/Low Cost Internet Resources

In response to COVID-19, some Internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. Click here for a list of services available to families. 

Covid-19 Student Loan Assistance

All borrowers will automatically be placed on an administrative forbearance which will temporarily suspend monthly payments from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020. Direct Debit payments are automatically suspended. 

Resources for individuals and families in the areas of health, life and family, money and nutrition from our Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) team. 

COVID-19 Resources

What You Need to Know About Social Distancing, Self-quarantine, and Self-isolation

Handling Take-Out and Delivery Food

Navigating Your Credit During COVID-19

United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Click here for specific resources that are available for you. Please note that this page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible with answers to the most common questions that United Way is receiving in regard to places to both get and give help.

Recursos e información en español durante COVID-19

 

SETHRA Rent/Utility Assistance

SETHRA’s Community Service Block Grant programs (Upward Bound and the Emergency program) have undergone changes relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. If a person was working and has either lost work hours or lost their job due to COVID-19 (beginning March 1, 2020) then they will qualify for Emergency assistance. This can help with rent/mortgage payments, electric, and water bills. 

Phone: (423) 949-2191
Fax: (423) 949-4023
www.sethra.us

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. 

BetterFi

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.

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. 

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.

American Job Centers

Southeast Tennessee

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

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

Career OneStop

Career OneStop is the pathway to career success with tools to help job seerkers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the Department of Labor

TennesseeWorks

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

Food Resources

Marion County Community Ministries

Hours of operation Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm
141 Alabama St.
Sequatchie, TN – 37374
(423) 942-9556
Call ahead as hours may have changed due to Covid-19.

Bledsoe County Community Food Bank

Bledsoe County Community Food Bank has continued to monitor the rapidly changing COVID19 crisis.  Our priority is to ensure the safety of those we serve and our staff.  Because of this, we have decided to close for an undetermined amount of time.  We will reopen as soon as we can. Our phone calls are monitored for messages on a regular basis for those in need when we are not open.

384 Cumberland Ave.
Pikeville, Tennessee 37367

423-447-3325

Sequatchie County Fellowship of Churches and Food Bank

ATTENTION: Beginning April 2nd our local food bank will be open 1 day per week with extended hours. We will be open on Wednesdays ONLY. Hours are noon till 4 p.m.  We ask all our clients for understanding and patience during this very difficult time. We’re here to serve our community. This is only temporary but it is until further notice.
103 Heard St
Dunlap, Tennessee 37327
(423) 949-7716

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

info@wecaredayton.org

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, food will be distributed at Cornerstone Ministries on Saturdays from 10:00-noon until further notice. Like the food bank, you are only allowed one visit per month. Bring your Marion County Food Bank card or a photo ID. There will not be a Community Kitchen meal at Cornerstone the last Saturday in April.

300 Cornerstone Drive

Jasper, TN 37347

(423) 942-1090

GRUNDY CARES - Request Form Required

As we navigate this season with COVID-19, the Grundy County faith-based community has partnered together creating new ways to continue meeting your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
Emergency Food Relief Effort – Sundays 2-4 pm
We will have curbside pickup at New Beginnings Church (841 W Main St, Monteagle)
or Living Waters Church (656 Main St, Tracy City).
Prayer or Counseling Resources – We have a team in place who will call you for needed prayer or counseling requests.
If you have specific needs, please complete the form below so we can best come alongside you in this unique season. This information will help us better organize, mobilize our teams, and distribute our available resources.

Grundy County Food Bank

Our mission is to obtain food and distribute it to people in need and to advocate to end hunger to one of the poorest counties in TN.

Open Every Tuesday from 8am-10am.

822 Main St, Tracy City, TN 37387

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
Email: beth.smith@tnstep.org

Bilingual Community Outreach and Education Specialist

Name: Dorca Rose Guayurpa
Phone: (423) 290-3391
Email: dorca.rose@tnstep.org

Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

A network of community-based resource centers, developers and vendors, afiliates and associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults wth disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies

The Arc US

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes

Job Accomodation Network- Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Job Accomodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows emplyers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workspace

Center for Parent Information & Resources

Provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth, programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities, IDEA, the nation’s special education law, No Child left Behind, the nation’s genderal education law, and research-based information n effective practices for children with disabilities. Also offers a listing of campsites and programs around the nation that offer services and specialized summer programs for children and youth with disabilities

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.

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. 

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)

423.228.3077

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.

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

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

A statewide trade associationrepresenting primarily Community Mental Health Centers and community-owned corporations that have historically served the needs of the mentally ill and chemically dependent citiens of Tennessee regardless of their ability to pay

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

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

Ready Rosie

New and Exciting!
Do you want to join in on this learning fun for the whole family? @Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation is partnering with ReadyRosie and TN Department of Education to provide all Tennessee caregivers of children from birth to 3rd grade with online resources to help children develop early literacy skills through reading and learning together. Caregivers will receive free access to reading demonstration videos and creative learning opportunities like this one delivered via text, email or through the ReadyRosie app. Sign up here.

The Imagination Library

Enroll a Child in The Imagination Library

Every child in Tennessee, 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 h

Scholastic Learn At Home

Scholastic Learn At home provides free educational materials for children to continue learning at home. Each week students can go on a “journey” and learn about a special subject from animal babies to plants. Sign up is free.

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.

Learning Resources Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children’s Museum provides free online learning resources to address the needs of parents, Head Start teachers, day care providers, and other caregivers to give every child their best opportunity to learn and grow through enrichment, engagement and fun. You can also sign up for daily activity emails

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

 

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

HiSET and GED

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.

The Best Colleges Scholarship

Provides information about college scholarships and financial aid for students 

National College Transition Network

The NCTN provides technical assistance and professional development services to community college, adult education and workplace systems. They design accelerated career pathway, comprehensive student support services, and effective multi-stakeholder partnership that help adults atain their educational and career goals and access greater economic opppotunity

National College Attainment Network

Supports and advocates for low-income students. NCAN’s mission is to build, strengthen and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students

Parent Support

Parenting Support Line

Parent Helpline

1-800-CHILDREN

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! 

WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL THE PARENT HELPLINE?

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.

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

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

NutureTN

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.

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.

Individuals are welcome to call the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline anytime they need support, regardless of language barriers.  Interpretative services available directly include: Spanish, French, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Healthy Families Tennessee

This evidence-based home visiting program provides weekly home visitation and support parents from pregnancy through when their child enters kindergarten. Home visitors meet with families weekly in their home using the Growing Great Kids curriculum to cover topics ranging from bonding with your baby, encouraging healthy child development, child safety, and many others

Additional Resources

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.

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. 

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

Parent Leadership Tennessee

RAISE YOUR VOICE, MAKE AN IMPACT

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.