New!!! Community Resource Guide
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Finance and Self-Sufficiency
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.
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 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 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
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
Dunlap, Tennessee 37327
Rhea County Food Banks
Food Pantry of Dayton
1273 Dayton Mountain Hwy, Dayton, TN 37321
Dayton Church of God
3314 Rhea County Hwy, Dayton, TN 37321
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
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.
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
Disabilities Support Services
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 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.
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
Health Care Resources
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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)
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.
Housing and Transportation
Crisis Intervention, Homeless Assistance, Housing Choice Voucher, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, Project Help, Project Hometown, Supportive Housing Program, Supportive Housing Program
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Parenting Support Line
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.