Good Deed: TEL donation supports the Chattanooga Rescue Mission

Contributed photo / At the check presentation, from left, are Betsy Baer with the Chattanooga Rescue Mission; Brian Broome of Transport Enterprise Leasing (TEL); Donald Baer with the rescue mission; and Lori Hyde of TEL.

Transport Enterprise Leasing (TEL) recently donated $6,000 to The Chattanooga Rescue Mission to help feed, shelter and clothe homeless area residents, according to a news release.

"An estimated 600 people are homeless in the greater Chattanooga area on any given day, and the need is great," Donald Baer, the mission's director of administration and chaplaincy services, said in the release. "We are thankful for TEL's gift to help fund our year-round Temporary Emergency Overnight Shelter, and Steps of Faith Discipleship Program for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions."

The charity served about 34,000 meals and supplied 25,000 beds for guests in 2022, he added.

Lori Hyde, director of human resources for TEL, said company employees said they felt the need to support the rescue mission and its outreach efforts.

"They are putting in the hard work every day and night to provide free temporary beds and food for the homeless on a walk-in basis," she said in the release. "We are so glad to have an opportunity to help provide funding for such a worthy cause."

TEL is a well-known provider of commercial truck and trailer leasing, sales and remarketing services. The company was established in 2004.

Carla Young Harrington