Nonprofits step up to help as majority in Chattanooga's violence reduction call-in meeting seek help

photo Katrina Couch, left, and Stephanie Toombs talk about their effort to help people with professional clothing for job interviews. Step uP Chattanooga, which was founded by Toombs, is among the organizations helping offenders with Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative.

HOW TO HELPStep uP Chattanooga is looking for accessories, men's dress socks, shoes, women's jewelry, purses, portfolios, wallets, belts and clothes. Monetary donations can be made through The Community Foundation designated for Step uP Chattanooga. To contact Toombs, email her at stepupchattanooga@gmail.com.•••HOPE FOR THE INNER CITYOverview: Offers a variety of programs including a dental clinic, jobs program, literacy program, housing and ministry.How it's helping with VRI: The organization's Jobs for Life is a 10-week program that teaches self-sufficiency and includes computer literacy and GED testing.