The Maclellan Shelter for Families helps homeless families in Chattanooga in transition. (Photo: Contributed)

Local restaurants will participate in the inaugural Family Dinner Week to help raise funding for homeless families in transition at the Maclellan Shelter for Families.

Families are encouraged to dine together at the participating restaurants throughout the week.

The week will be May 6-13 and the following restaurants are joining the campaign:


2 Sons Kitchen and Market—322 E. M.L. King Blvd.

Blue Orleans—1463 Market Street

STIR—1444 Market Street

Taqueria Jalisco—1634 Rossville Ave. and 850 Market St.

Vine Street Bakery—1313 Hanover St.

“We are truly grateful for the generous support of the five restaurants who are participating in the inaugural Family Dinner Week: A Benefit for the Maclellan Shelter for Families,” said Jens Christensen, President & CEO of the Community Kitchen. “Whether patronizing these locally owned eateries for breakfast, lunch, or dinner a percentage of every meal will support homeless families who are trying to get back on their feet at the family shelter.”

The Maclellan Shelter for Families, the first shelter of its kind in Chattanooga, opened its doors in 2014 and it features 13 units with 64 beds. Other emergency shelters in Chattanooga have gender restrictions that result in most intact families being separated.  As a result, fathers with young daughters were unable to be sheltered with their daughters and mothers with young sons were separated, sometimes those as young as 6 years old.  To date, 318 families, comprised of more than 1,000 men, women, and children have called the Maclellan Shelter for Families home.

Taqueria Jalisco at 1634 Rossville Ave. (Photo: Staff)