CLINTON, Tennessee — The Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless (TVCH) said it is redirecting its efforts after it had to scrap plans to open the Drop In Resource Center at 903 Clinch Avenue in Clinton due to vandalism, threats, and other "disheartening events."
The original plan was to have a brick-and-mortar location, but TVCH has decided to search for another location to better suit the needs of the community they serve. It's looking into getting a mobile unit, instead.
"During this time our scheduled grand opening of the TVCH Drop In Resource Center is delayed as we continue to search for a more accommodating, welcoming, and safe facility for clients and staff," TVCH officials said. Thank you for your support as we continue to seek to create a region where homelessness is rare. We are grateful for the support of those in our corner. TVCH is blessed to have the powerful and generous support of those who have reached out to us in regards to volunteer opportunities, donations, and other means of advocacy."
The grand opening was previously scheduled for March 20.
A new resource center will open in Clinton to provide services for anyone experiencing homelessness, or at risk of it. All they need to do is stop by and ask for help.
The Tennessee Valley Coalition to end Homelessness will open the center at 903 Clinch Avenue in Clinton. They will help people with job searches, life skills classes, housing assistance, utility assistance and will provide a food pantry, according to a release from officials.
The center will also meal assistance. There will also be case management services available through the center. Volunteers will be there to help with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Social Security and to help distribute food.
Officials said that the center is a collaborative effort with the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless, the County of Anderson, churches, businesses and other sponsors.
On Tuesday, volunteers stopped by the center to clean and start setting up services. They said they were still looking for cleaning supplies and volunteer donations. Anyone who wants to donate can go to the coalition's website.
A grand opening event will take place on March 20 at the center, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will offer socially distanced tours during the event.