What is FREE?
Nothing is free.
Moving out of poverty demands resources, commitment, and ownership. Fostering Reconciliation through Economic Empowerment (FREE) is the Chalmers Center’s field test site in Chattanooga, TN. We are dedicated to finding ways to serve churches and ministries to help without hurting here in our home town—by empowering them with tools that enable them to equip low- to moderate-income people. From this “learning lab,” we seek to hear and address the issues and challenges that local churches face in their efforts to do effective outreach among the poor. We field test strategies, training, and curriculum in church-based economic development here in Chattanooga in order to refine best-practices that can be rolled out around the US.
If you are in the Chattanooga area and want to help without hurting:
- Join FREE’s regular networking meeting
- Become a Faith & Finances Certified Facilitator
- Sponsor a low-income church facilitator to attend Faith & Finances certification training
- Co-host a Helping Without Hurting Seminar here in Chattanooga
Contact us at FREE@chalmers.org for more information.