UPDATE: $31,000 plus donation to help displaced Superior Creek residents
UPDATE: MetMin Metropolitan Ministries staff has spent at total of $31, 411.05, after a joint service fair in East Ridge on Monday.
This means that 183 adults and 124 children will not be sleeping on the streets according to MetMin.
These people will have a place to go until they get their own.
$25,000 of the money came from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.
“The rug has been ripped out from under these families, but we’re committed to seeing them through the crisis and into permanent housing. No matter how long that takes, we’ll be here to help,” says Anna Katharine Horne, Stability Navigator at Metropolitan Ministries.
Those willing to continue to donate and help MetMin further their assistance, can do so here.
PREVIOUS STORY: Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center will be hosting a homemaking shower for the former residents of Superior Creek Lodge in East Ridge. The shower will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m, Wednesday. Gifts can be brought to the fellowship hall during these hours.
In addition to financial donations to house people, the biggest needs are for homemaking type items as some of the residents find housing.
The shower will be held in the fellowship hall of the the center, 1918 Union Ave., Chattanooga TN 37404.
PREVIOUS STORY: Local churches and non-profits continue to feed and house hundreds of people displaced from the Superior Creek Lodge in East Ridge. One non-profit is feeling the strain and could use some help.
Last week around 1,500 people were left without a home when all four buildings at Superior Creek Lodge were condemned.
"It's not a short-term problem. It's a long-term problem that needs to be fixed. Putting them up for another week in a hotel isn't going to help that," says James Julian, Pastor of Spring Creek Road Baptist Church.
For the past five years the church has ministered to children at the lodge, many of them at the church Wednesday night when two buildings at the motel were closed.
"It was heartbreaking. They were crying. they were scared," says Julian.
Spring Creek has opened its doors to house families.
"We'll provide them with an air mattress or a mat to sleep on. We can provide them with clean towels and a clean shower," says Julian.
The church has partnered with the non-profit Relevant Hope to feed them.
"I think our largest number we've cooked for is 90 people. So when you add a lot more to this, it's a little hard. But you know, God is what's supplying each and every need and meeting and providing," says Joy Leonard with Relevant Hope.
Leonard and other volunteers spent Sunday afternoon preparing meals to deliver to families staying in area hotels.
"Anything we can do to help them, we'll do it," says Leonard.
Since Wednesday, Relevant Hope has provided more than 600 meals.
"The response has been amazing. People from McDonald, Tennessee, from Georgia and from all over, have rallied together and dropped off donations. Food, gift cards, things like that."
More help is needed as community members figure out a more permanent solution.
"They need a permanent residence. They need an apartment, they need a trailer, they need something they can call home," says Julian.