CHAT began in the Church Hill home of founders Percy and Angie Strickland, when they opened their home to neighbors for fellowship and food.
Over time, relationships formed, and the children grew comfortable asking for help with homework. More kids came, and eventually friends of the Stricklands (and founding board members) Alexandra Spitzer, David and Tammy Lemon, Janice Stewart, Ti-Ying Lee, and Jen Tucker, assisted with organizing and mobilizing tutoring resources. What began as casual homework sessions grew into Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT), and the concept of opening neighborhood homes became the centerpiece for learning.
In February 2007, CHAT acquired a Church Hill property to accommodate its growth. This home, referred to as the “Lighthouse,” has become CHAT’s home base of activity. The four-story house provides administrative and meeting space, rooms for tutoring and activities, meals and fellowship, and housing for interns and volunteers.
Students from local universities and medical schools, business executives and employees, retirees, teachers, neighbors and many more volunteer to equip our youth in developing skills and values for a lifetime.
CHAT is the proud first recipient of the Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robin's "Community Innovation Grant," and we placed 1st or 2nd in the Community Foundation's former "Amazing Raise" for over four years in a row.
CHAT continues to invest in the lives of aspiring youth, in a city and neighborhood deeply affected by years of structural injustice, with a passionate belief in the power of Christian fellowship to transform communities.