Families First Program

Strengthening Communities One Family at a Time

We will walk beside you and help you with:

  • Finding a Meaningful Career
  • Cash assistance to support your family
  • Car repair assistance (up to $1200/year)
  • Professional job search assistance
  • Dental ($1200/year) and Vision ($400/year)

  • Obtaining Valuable Training
  • Child care assistance
  • Transportation reimbursement (up to $30/mth)
  • School and training enrollment assistance
  • Help securing funding to assist with school

  Employment Incentives 

  • $450 for obtaining full time job (30 hours or more per week) and maintaining full-time employment for 12 consecutive months.
  • $500 for obtaining full time job (30 hours or more per week) and earned income(wage/hour increase) that results in closing the Families First case.

  • * Incentives will only be paid after approval by the Department of Human Services.In order for a job to qualify, the employment start date must be after your Families First referral date. $500 incentive is a one-time payment for TANF lifetime.

  Education Incentives  

  • $300 for obtaining GED or High School Equivalency Diploma within 12 months of enrollment in Adult Ed Program.
  • $400 for completing a post secondary program or receiving a certificate.

  • *Incentives will only be paid after approval by the Department of Human Services.

In order to qualify for Families First/TANFBenefits, you must apply at Tennessee Department of Human Services to determine program eligibility.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Under the Food Stamp Act and USDA policy, discrimination is prohibited also on the basis of religion or political beliefs.

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Program DirectorAmy L. Banks, M.B.A 
ETSU Community Outreach, 603 Bert Street, Suite 209 Johnson City, TN  37601
[email protected]u.edu ~ Office  423-232-5744  ~  Cell  423-202-0955 ~  Fax 423-232-5740  

Senior Career Coach Hamilton County 
Tekaill Williams,  5600 Brainerd Rd Suite FC-5,  Chattanooga, TN  37411
[email protected] ~  Office /Cell 423-260-5953 ~ Fax 423-541-7320   

Career Coach Hamilton County
Terrious Smith, 5600 Brainerd Rd Suite FC-5, Chattanooga, TN  37411
[email protected] ~ Office/Cell 423 260-9855 ~ Fax 423 541-7320 

Career Coach Hamilton County
Giovannie Thomas,   5600 Brainerd Road FC-5,   Chattanooga, TN 37411
[email protected] ~  Office/Cell 423-260-9834  ~  Fax 423-541-7320  

Career Coach Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie, & Bledsoe Counties
Christy Green,  5600 Brainerd Road FC-5,  Chattanooga, TN 37411
[email protected] ~  Office/Cell 423- 260-6640 ~  Fax 423-541-7320  

Career Coach Bradley & Polk Counties
Patricia Smith,  5 600 Brainerd Road FC-5n ,  Chattanooga, TN 37411
[email protected] ~  Office/Cell 423- 260-6163 ~  Fax 423-541-7320  

Career Coach McMinn & Meigs Counties
Mellissa McKibbens,  5600 Brainerd Road FC-5,  Chattanooga, TN 37411
[email protected] ~   Office/Cell 423- 362-2305 ~  Fax 423-541-7320

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