After being in business for almost two years, this is the second opportunity I’ve had to reflect on what we as a company are thankful for around this season of Thanksgiving. Last year, I wrote about a few of our clients, and this time around will be no different. Additionally, I’ll touch on a few other points including a new home office, and a wonderful network of people in Chattanooga who like to help each other.
We’ve been fortunate to work with some pretty amazing clients this year. As you may know, our primary focus is to help nonprofit organizations. We get to meet some amazing people who are doing difficult work.
- Chattanooga Room in the Inn
Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) is a three to nine month residential program for homeless women and children. Supported by several area churches, not only do they providing temporary housing assistance, but they also provide sometimes much-needed mentoring and life-skills training to the women they assist.
- Northside Neighborhood House
As I wrote last year, NNH is a Christian organization that provide emergency assistance with bills (but not rental), they boast of a food pantry, they have an awesome after-school tutoring program, and they have a GED completion program.
- Chattanooga Community Kitchen
The CCK also works with the homeless population in Chattanooga. With over 20% of Chattanooga’s population falling under the Poverty Line, the help is much needed. The kitchen serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. They have a safe and warm place for folks to do their laundry. And they even open up the building on extremely cold nights as an emergency shelter. Like the CRITI, they are also supported by donations and several area churches.
I’m feeling especially thankful this year for my new home office. In August, I got married, and moved into a new rental home. While the goal for Develop CENTS is eventually to hire employees and get an office, I am not quite there yet, and am still working from home. After being married, this definitely has perks – getting to eat fresh home-cooked meals for lunch with your wife comes to mind!
The network of information technology professionals in Chattanooga is pretty amazing, and another thing I’m thankful for is a spirit of helpfulness and camaraderie. For example, Chugalug is a mailing list of (mainly local) Linux geeks who share advice, swap hardware, and don’t care of conversations get off topic. Folks routinely get together over lunches for face-to-face meetings too! Another network of Chattanooga geeks which has only sprung up recently is a Meetup.com group for Chattanooga Developers.
Chattanooga, home of America’s first “Gigabit” internet, is a wonderful place to work, live and play. While there is much work to be done here (over 20% of the population lives in poverty, and our public school system is a wreck), we at Develop CENTS are very thankful for our clients who are working with the “least of these” day-in and day-out.
Our goal has always been, and always will be, to help nonprofit organizations better accomplish the wonderful missions that they have set out to accomplish.