In recent decades, Glenwood has seen a steady increase in all the negative conditions described above: crime and poverty are growing, along with a steady drop in literacy and employment on a broad spectrum. Drug use has increased, children fall further and further behind in school, and the homeowners steadily increase in age while many of the younger residents remain trapped in substandard housing and poverty. Many of the younger citizens have grown increasingly disenchanted with the system while many older residents grow more fearful of crime. The steady drop in standard of living has created a climate of despair among many residents.
Hope for the Inner Chattanooga strives to meet this feeling of despair head on with the love of Christ demonstrated by practical acts of service and initiatives designed to help people move from crisis, to stability, to self-sufficiency. Through the power of Christ, HFIC offers crisis mercy assistance, provides educational enrichment opportunities, facilitates home ownership, and provides job training and placement to individuals and families. Through relationship evangelism, skill-building, and practical acts of service, we are changing lives and transforming communities.
Won’t you join us?
“Our prayer is that every Urban Ministry Team (UMT) member will leave radicalized into a deeper relationship with God, a love for the poor and the city. We believe the UMT program will train and equip God’s people to be agents of mercy wherever God has called them to live.”
-Paul Green, Executive Director, Hope for the Inner City