When Charlie Hughes started as a case manager at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen in 1989, the facility served only soup and sandwiches to its homeless clients.

In the next two-and-a-half decades, the Community Kitchen has expanded to serve three hot meals a day and offer showers, laundry facilities, a thrift store and respite care.

But all of that is just a hook to get people in, said the 64-year-old Hughes, who is retiring effective July 1.

The real goal, said incoming Director Jens Christensen, is to get homeless people housed.

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