The need is great in Cleveland, Tennessee and we need to be God’s hands in reaching others with His love. While here you will be challenged to restore homes, renew hope and reach hearts for Jesus Christ. Out of this theme will flow countless opportunities to spread the love and good news of Jesus Christ through service and witness. We have compiled this planning guide to help you as you prepare to come. Our prayer is that it will clarify matters and help you devote your attention to the more important things like prayer and simply being available for God to use as He sees fit.
Southeast Tennessee is one of the richest per capita regions within the Volunteer State. While located within this prosperous region, the home of Ocoee Outreach (Cleveland, Tennessee) also contains a pocket of poverty that ranks among our nation's poorest.
Within the community of East Cleveland, only 56% of adults have completed a high school education; 95% of children receive free/reduced fee breakfasts and lunches through the public schools; only 1 in 4 families have a male head of household; and the average income for a family of 4 is only $14,000.
Cleveland, Tennessee, is considered by many to be a “Christian” community: home of 62 Southern Baptist churches, the International Headquarters for the Church of God, the International Headquarters for the Church of God of Prophecy, Lee University (a Christian school of higher learning), and numerous other churches of varying denominations. In fact, The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that there are more protestant evangelical churches per capita in Cleveland, Tennessee, than in any other city in the United States!
Yet...many people enjoying the benefits of this prosperous, Christian community fail to see the tremendous disparity that exists.
Ocoee Outreach determines to diminish that gap.