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Over 50% of children born in Hamilton County are born into economic instability and 70% stay stuck in the cycle.

Hope for the Inner City exists to help those who live in poverty escape it— permanently.

We are committed to equipping people in their physical and spiritual needs, encouraging imagination, and creating a healthy community in which men, women, and children can thrive.

Our partnership with local Christians, churches, and various organizations allows us to offer services such as Food Distribution, Dental and Vision Clinics, Bill Assistance, Urban Farming, Job Readiness, Home Repair, and Community Meals. 

We are humbled by how God uses Hope for the Inner City to be such a kingdom resource in East Chattanooga. 



We engage, invest and empower our neighbors to bring economic stability to our community for God’s glory.


Our hope is for the residents of East Chattanooga to be transformed through meaningful work and reconciliation with Christ.


Christ-Centered, Holistic, Collaborative, Relational, Incarnational, Developmental, and Authentic.

Our Mission

are we?

Hope for the Inner City is a merger of two faith-based organizations with a shared history of helping people trapped in poverty and despair.


For 37 years, Inner City Ministries reached the poor through mercy ministry and youth programs. For 11 years, Hope for Chattanooga moved many of these same people from dependency to self-sufficiency. Both nonprofits, separately launched by New City Fellowship pastor Randy Nabors, merged in 2007.

Today, Hope for the Inner City partners with churches and other organizations to bring good news, hope, and renewal to Chattanooga’s inner city.

Since 1971, the people at Hope for the Inner City have walked alongside chronically poor residents of East Chattanooga. We’ve lent them a listening ear and a helping hand. We’ve furnished food, dental care, prescriptions, and after-school tutoring. We’ve helped them balance a checkbook and learn to read. We’ve helped some secure temporary housing. We’ve helped others find permanent homes and good jobs, and we’ve taught them the skills to retain both.

Volunteer Group getting ready to serve together.
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our board

Board Leadership:

Jim Fields - Chairman of the Board

Dr. Joyce Hardaway - Secretary & Treasurer

Board Members:

Ladonna Cingilli,  David Hoffecker, 

Dr. Candie Richardson, Matt Jeffery, Charles Adamson, Jeremy Mason,

and Kyle Welch

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