WE CARE has been serving the Rhea County area since 1982 and has always endeavored to be open and transparent in everything we do. This past year (2016) has been the most challenging time period in our history. We were informed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue in March that we should have been collecting sales tax on everything we sell at both our Thrift Store and our Food Store with the exception of clothing and clothing related items. WE CARE thought this issue had been addressed and resolved back in the 1980's when we were informed by our State Senator that as long as all of our goods were donated then we didn't have to collect sales tax. Of course now that we know, we have been collecting sales tax since April and this has contributed to a decrease in store sales that has had a huge negative impact on our service programs. In addition, the State required us to provide them with sales data going back over four years after which, we were assessed a liability in excess of $ 300,000. Over a period of several months and with the assistance of State Senator Ken Yager and State Representative Ron Travis we were able to negotiate an offer of compromise for $ 5,000 which was accepted by the Department of Revenue. This money was subsequently donated by our Board of Directors in order to avoid having to pay it out of operating funds. So, gratefully, this issue has now been put behind us.
Then in October, we learned that our Food Pantry program was being suspended from our contract as a partner with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) for a period of at least six months. This notice came as a complete shock since we had just been inspected by the Food Bank two months before and were told that we were in good standing and within compliance of all policies and regulations. What led to the suspension was an allegation that we were selling donated foods. This, in fact, is not true at all. In addition, we were never given the opportunity to respond to this charge. We were simply suspended with no recourse. By way of explanation we just want to make clear that we have never required compensation or payment for food however, we did accept donations. These contributions were accepted and used to offset the cost of obtaining the food from CAFB, transporting back to Dayton and organizing it for distribution. We had a sign that read "The food you receive here is FREE however, your donation helps offset the cost of getting this food to you in this community" and those expenses are considerable. Even with our contributions, we still had to supplement nearly $25,000 to keep this program going. This situation has forced us to reduce our services in our Food Assistance program to providing emergency food assistance only because we do not have the finances to go out and pay either wholesale or retail prices for food. We are continuing to research resources that can help fill the void of not being able to partner with CAFB and are hopeful that a food resource program called King Foods might help in that regard. If you would like to know more about this program, please contact Laura Olmstead at (423) 775-1000 to find out how you can participate.
Both of these developments have put a significant strain on WE CARE as a whole but we are optimistic that better times are ahead. As Dr. Ring said, "we are going to keep working on this and doing our best to service the needs of our community. We just want to do whatever we can to make sure their needs are met and that we are empowering them to eventually be able to help themselves".
Alton Steen General Manager 423-725-4333
We Care Community Services and Thrift Store, Inc
We invite you to visit our friendly neighborhood thrift store located in the Food City shopping plaza. Merchandise is put out daily so you never know what you will find. You can donate your gently used items for resale, which will help fund our community service programs.
Our daily sales are posted and announced in the store for your convenience throughout the day. You can also visit our Facebook page at WE CARE THRIFT CENTER for a look at a few of our top selling items and possibly extra savings.
We have Senior Citizen discount day on Wednesdays for people over the age of sixty-five. It offers 10% off on non-sale or reduced items. If you don't have a card already, please ask for details.
WE CARE is dedicated to serving our community. Please show your support by visiting our store.
Pam Debes Thrift Store Manager 423-775-6595
Safe Haven and Dani's Dream Transitional Shelter
We Care has had a very busy year. Our Safe Haven Light Transitional Shelter for families with children and Dani's Dream Transitional Shelter for Adults have been in full operation and occupied to capacity nearly every single night of the year. We have seen a 97% success rate or our residents moving into permanent stable housing. WOW!! We have been blessed with a grant recently to restock our home with necessary items. We have also been partnering with area Youth Groups and Sunday Schools in our worship centers to help around the house with clean up, restock, etc. We are very pleased and thrilled that we have been able to help our most vulnerable population for so many years. Thanks for your support of this community.
Our annual golf tournament which helps fund these programs, is on April 26th this year, will be at the Dayton Golf and Country Club. If you would like to sponsor a hole or participate in this tournament contact Laura Olmstead at 423-775-1000 for more information.
Laura Olmstead Director of Food and Housing Programs 423-775-1000
One in 5 Americans faces food insecurity. For some Rhea county residents it is too often a reality they must face. We Care is constantly trying to evolve and expand our available services. Even in the face of our own struggles to find food sources. We have 3 programs we operate at under the food service umbrella.
Our Friendly Budget Market which consists of aftermarket wholesale food, pet food and household items. We purchase a semi-truck of these items approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. We then go to work preparing and pricing these items as low as possible to be a service to our community. Our mission is to make this food available to help families stretch their already minimal dollar to the fullest.
Our Food Pantry which is our emergency food assistance program; where we help qualified Rhea County residents who are in need of emergency food. We have partnered with Jackson Farm and Wooden's Apple House to provide free produce to residents during the produce season.
We also are partners withKing Foods Ministry. King Foods is a faith-based organization offering pre-boxed restaurant quality food packages for 40-60% less than store prices. One of our main family boxes is designed to feed a family of four for about a week or a single person for a month. New menus each month may also include convenience meals, bulk meat specials, kid's boxes and more! No income requirements, order limitations or applications!
We Care Food Programs strive to continually serve our community for many more years to come.
Laura Olmstead Director of Food and Housing Programs 423-775-1000
We Care's 5th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament January 31, 2017 at 01:49PM
April 26, 2017
Dayton Golf and Country Club
315 Payne Lane
Evensville, TN 37332
Registration: 7:30 AM and 11:30 AMTee-Off: 8:00 AM and 1:00 PMLunch: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Entry Fee: $60.00 per person $240.00 per team(4 players) Includes lunch, Cart and Green Fees, Four person select shot Mulligan's Available: $5.00 Red Tees: $5.00 Prizes will be given for the LongestDrive, Longest Put & Closest to the hole.
Prizes: 1st Place $400.002nd Place $200.003rd Place $100.00Gift Bags,and Putter and Driver! Hole in One Big Prizes! Hole Sponsor: $60.00Hole Sponsor and Team: $280.00Rain Date May 3rd We Care Community Services has been serving Rhea County for over 30 years, helping over 10,000 people annually. It continues to be our mission to do everything we can to serve the needs in our community. In the past year, we have assisted homeless families with children through our Safe Haven Light Home in Spring City and individuals and couples in our Micro Home in Dayton. All of this is made possible through your support and participation in this Golf Tournament. Since our last event, we have helped 59 individuals who stayed 2,798 nights in our shelters. This year, in addition to our homeless programs, a portion of the money raised will go to benefit our Food Assistance Program in our Food Pantry. It is through events like this that we are able to continue serving our people right here at home. For more information, to sponsor a team and/or hole, please contact: Alton Steen: 423-775-4333 or 423-280-1380Asteen@WeCareDayton.org Laura Olmstead: 423-775-1000Llb0216@gmail.com
Update: Second Micro House October 14, 2015 at 09:41AM
The Micro House's are our way of providing the homeless with temporary shelter, and giving them a new lease on life. These transitional houses are small but functional, giving people a place to stay while getting back on their feet.
The second Micro House is on its way to being finished, but its progress has come to a halt. We need at this point $8,000 to $10,000 to finish this home. Giving funds, or volunteering your time, are ways you can help complete this project. We are also in need of materials such as: insulation, drywall, or items to help finish the inside of the house.
The Second Micro House is Underway August 11, 2015 at 09:36AM
A few months ago we shared with you that the RCHS Career and Technology Education Department was building a second micro house for the Transitional Housing Project. This is an update on the progress of this micro house. It has been brought and set up in front of the first micro house. The foundation is set and it's looking good. The house is coming right along. If you would like to help with this project contact Alton at 423-775-4333 or 423-280-1380 for more information.
We Care Employee Appreciation Lunch June 02, 2015 at 08:12AM
We work for some great people. Last Friday, We Care surprised us with a catered BBQ lunch. It was an Employee Appreciation lunch. The Food Pantry, office, and Thrift Center attended. The board members served us. We all had a great time. We missed Laura. She stayed and took care of the Food Pantry and let all her employees come and eat. That is the type of people we work for. Thank you We Care for showing us how much we are valued.
2015 We Care Charity Golf Tournament May 20, 2015 at 12:23PM
Recently We Care Community Services held it's 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It was a beautiful day. With great music, food and people. Due to it's success we are able to continue serving some area homeless through our Micro home and Safe Haven Light. Furthermore it will aid us in expanding our homeless services. We could not do any of this without the help and support of this wonderful community. Please take a moment to look through the list of our wonderful area supporters! A Giant thanks goes out to each and every one of them.
· Money Concepts · Hi-Tech Tire, Inc · Gladys Best · Dillard Construction · Napa Auto Parts of Dayton, Inc · Edward Jones Financial · Airxcel Suburban Manufacturing · Sam Houston/TVA · Bright Beginnings Child Care · Logan Family Medicine · City of Graysville · Title Ins Company of Dayton · Douglas Automotive · Dayton Collision Center · Platinum Salon & Spa, Shauntelle Hunter · B.E. Lenior, DDS · Robert Runyun · Coldwell Banker · River County Association Realtors · J.W. and Ina Ring · Rhea Medical Center · Jerry’s Service Center · Spring City Pharmacy · Doris Watson · Rocky Creek Company · Keener Marketing · Piggly Wiggly · TAG Manufacturing, Terry Wilt · John & Loretta Dourte · Vanderwall Funeral Home · Coulter Garrison Funeral Home · Ellie’s Catfish · Kimmie & Joe Randolph · Scenicland Pest Control · Bitler Bistro · Regions Bank · MMA Institute · Blue Water Campground · Eagle Exxon · Sale Creek Self Storage & DW’s Motorcycle Accessories · Jeff Yost · South Rhea Animal Hospital · CG Farm’s Meat Market · Mattress Nook · Benchmark Physical Therapy · ERA Blue Key Spring City · Bailey Reed Motors · Specs in the City · J & L Market · Clark Heating and Air · SouthEast Bank · City of Dayton · Professional Therapy Services · Trowell Plumbing · General Shale · Ogden Rd Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders · Steve Wimberly · FB First Bank · Risk Sharpe State Farm Ins · Ron Travis · Guy & Zama Denton · Corner Market / Sue Ann’s · Lifecare Center’s of America · The Veranda Assisted Living · Hassler Drugs, Inc · McDonalds · Travel Agency of Dayton
Gift Certificates and Gifts
· Burton Family · Long John Silver’s · Mane Attraction · French’s Shoes · Ayala’s Mexican Restaurant · The Veranda Assisted Living · Ayala’s Bar & Grill · Stan’s Pharmacy · Johnson’s Tiger Rock Academy · Stiles Hair Salon · Shear Strength Salon · Hardee’s, Spring City · Sweet Things Spring City · KFC · Delia’s Mexican Restaurant · Pond & Plants · McDonalds · Sherwin Willaims · Advance Auto Parts · Pizza Hut · Express Lube · Rent A Center · Tri-County Quilters · Winstead’s American Grill · Paint the Town · Dayton Drug & Wellness · Donna Donavan Personal Trainer · Smith and Grun Lawn Mowing · La Hacienda Restaurant · Charlie Roger’s Ford · Huddle House · Unique Hair · Transmission’s Plus · Gondalier Restaurant · MoMo’s BBQ · Lacey J’s Dance Studio · You-niQue Cuisine · Dayton Coffee Shop · Bimbo’s Restaurant · Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant · Dayton Flower Box · Market Street Café · Rhea Floral · Karla’s Kreations · Academy Sports
Volunteers · Donna Donavan · Amanda Burton · Faye Steen · Linda & Joe Purser · Jane Stultz & Neal Stultz · Guy Denton · Doris Watson · Lorelie Whittington · Karla Grun · Kelly Ward
Teams · TAG Manufacturing · Farm Bureau Ins · McCosh Landscaping · Clark Heating & Air · Airxcel Suburban Manufacturing · La_Z-Boy · Community National Bank · City of Dayton · Atlas Gym · Professional Therapy Services · River Valley AG Credit · Mike Neal / Sheriff’s Dept · First Bank of Tennessee · RBA Construction · Purser Insurance Agency
· Neal Stultz + Team · Ray Talley / North Dayton Animal Hospital · Nick & Kerry Nunley + team · Rick Smith + team · Goin’s Heat and Air · 84 Lumbar · Spec’s in the City · ERA BlueKey Hixson · Pacesetter Construction · David Beard + team
· Jim Hall Rhea County Fair for preparing the incredible food, just delicious
· Mt Leconte Jug Band for the awesome music everyone loved it
RCHS continues progress with We Care Project March 26, 2015 at 08:10AM
By Christopher Hall (article on the Rhea Herald News Facebook page)
A partnership between We Care and the RCHS Career and Technology Education Department has allowed students enrolled in the carpentry and construction classes to build a micro house to be used as temporary housing for those in need in Rhea County.
The We Care organization, which began in 1982 with a thrift store to provide affordable clothing... continue reading
By Christopher Hall (Shared from The Herald News facebook page)
As an educator, it can sometimes be difficult to keep your students’ attention and interest in the classroom. However, the students in the carpentry and construction courses at Rhea County High School are fully locked in on their current project.
We Care and the RCHS Career and Technology Education Department have come together to construct micro houses to be used as temporary housing for those in need.
Students are required to follow all safety regulations including wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including shoe wear glasses and a hard hat. Above, Claire Dominguez works during a class meeting on Monday.
We Care Community Services is now participating in the AmazonSmile program. The information below tells how to sign up. It also explains how and what you can purchase for charitable donation. If you would like for We Care Community Services to be your charity, just follow the steps below and become a sponsor to your community. Thank you for your support.
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Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
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“I arrived back in 2012. My bf at the time had got deported. I was left out in the cold during winter.
THANK GOD We Care had a Safe Haven home. Y'all took me in no questions asked. I was broken. Thought life was over; however, I think that’s when things got better for me. I had hit rock bottom. Within a week of being at the home I had gotten a job at Mickey D and quickly saved up to get my own place. It wasn't the best but it was a place I could call home. When I didn't have no food We Care helped! I can't thank y'all enough! By the grace of God I'm doing very well now.
Matter of fact I'm a proud mobile home owner. Thanks We Care!!!!!!!!!! ”- Jennifer R.