Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc. is a community action agency serving six rural Appalachian counties inEast Tennessee— Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Monroe and Sevier.
The purpose of the agency is to help families living in poverty to improve their lives by giving them assistance and services they are not able to provide for themselves. The agency’s focus is to help people help themselves.
Programs include housing, education, health and job development. DCEA was organized in 1965 as a nonprofit corporation. The organization’s activities are governed by a 27-member board of directors who represent segments of the population living in each of the six counties.
DCEA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and operates mainly under funds received from the Tennessee Department of Human Services and uses other federal, state and local funds and grant monies to provide additional services.
In addition to the advice of the governing body, input is sought from the client population and the general public through community meetings, formalized questionnaires and informal comments on specific program activities, as well as projects still in planning stages.
All agency projects coordinate activities with other local agencies and organizations having contact with potential clients to maximize the mobilization of resources and reduce duplication in services.
The agency’s Web site, douglascherokee.org, is updated regularly to describe the current programs in operation and job openings as they occur.
For more information, call 423-587-4500.