ALQI Helping Hands

This program is a combination of several ALQI programs and community partnerships. Essentially, when a need is uncovered, every effort will be made to assist the child/family with that need. ALQI pursues grant funds to assist with a variety of needs as well.

Children’s Health and Maintenance Plan (CHAMP)

To ensure treatment for those children with caries, the CHAMP program organizes the dental screenings in the schools each fall and makes personal family contact until any problems are resolved.

The statistical outcomes provide information on the effectiveness of the ALQI program and are provided to the schools, used for grant writing, and for research.

In 2003 CHAMP expanded to include collection of BMI data. In 2021 CHAMP began its busing program whereby, with parental permission, children are picked up at school by the CHAMP bus and chaperone, taken to the Scott County Dental Clinic for treatment, and returned to school.

Scott County Dental Clinic

In 1999 there were over 4,000 children in Scott County with TennCare insurance, which no dentist in the County accepted. The Scott County Dental Clinic opened in 2000 with Scott County Government paying to remodel the building, as well as cover the rent and utilities for several years. Dental equipment for the Clinic was donated from all across the State of Tennessee. There have been several dentists over the years that contributed their services to the Clinic. The latest dentist to be part of this program is Caleb Thompson, DDS. Dr. Thompson continues to be a great asset to the Clinic. ALQI is proud to provide support and oversight for this Clinic.

Dr. Caleb L. Thompson, DDS, Scott County Dental Clinic, 350 Court Street, P.O. Box 210, Huntsville, TN 37756, 423-663-8200

Agape Christian Learning Center

Agape Christian Learning Center is a Christian preschool for children ages 2½ to 4 years old. The program primarily serves the most disadvantaged children of the Scott County communities in a safe, language rich, and Christian environment. This program provides services for up to 56 economically eligible students and accepts a limited number of fee-based children. The total size of each class will not exceed 15 students per day with a certified teacher and one aide between the two. Approved volunteers are welcomed and encouraged.


The program has two groups: Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday while following the daily closure of the Scott County School System. The children receive breakfast, snack, and lunch each day. As part of ensuring the success of this program, there are regular communications with parents. Strategies are developed to encourage each child’s healthy development and these strategies are discussed with parents. All of this is wrapped in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ as we hope to share God’s love and grace with all who will participate as part of the work of the Kingdom of God.


For more information:

Please call Kathy West @ 423-569-2677 or 



Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Salvation Army Scott County Service Unit

ALQI, bell ringing funds are used for assistance on past due utility bills and burnouts for families in need. Each year up to 25 under-served children attend Camp Paradise Valley at Dale Hollow Lake in Burkesville, KY, and a full-scale toy distribution – Toys for Joy – is held in December. Furniture, clothing, and food are usually available as well, for those in need.

Mission of Hope Mountain Ministry

The mission of Hope brings backpacks filled with school supplies every year to all the County elementary schools, and at Christmas, they bring toys for the children. ALQI participates and serves as a contact point for the many services and goods they donate to the County.

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s program that mails a book a month to every child from birth to age five. Beginning with an ALQI grant, Scott County led the state in numbers having registered over 1,414 of the 1,500 eligible children.

Remote Area Medical (RAM)

In February 2004 a RAM Clinic in Scott County saw 773 patients. 304 were tested and issued eyeglasses; 37 mammograms; dentists saw 320 patients performing 929 extractions, 218 fillings, and 38 cleanings. ALQI is proud to help find volunteers to work at the clinics, provide the food, funding, and be the contact for RAM in Scott County.

Winfield School Academic Fund

ALQI Board member Mike Baker presented mini grants from the Winfield School Academic Fund to four Winfield teachers on Monday, October 2, 2017. Pictured (L-R), Mike Baker, Principal of Winfield School Sharon Stanley, teachers Brandi Harris, Kim King, Hope Reynolds, and Tabatha Crider, and ALQI's Executive Director Kathy West. Each of these teachers received $300 to purchase items for use in their classrooms. All projects will assist students with reading and/or math. Congratulations Teachers!

Operation Sharing Tennessee

Operation Sharing Tennessee (OST), operating under an agreement with Appalachian Life Quality Initiative (ALQI) of Oneida, TN, and Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) of Corbin, KY, opened a warehouse on Verdun Road provided by the Scott County Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon cutting was held October 17, 2008, and the first distribution was October 23, 2008. In March 2009, OST began distributions from the former H.T. Hackney building in Oneida. In 2014, OST listed 328 organizations and distributed over $10.6 million in products. To qualify as a member of OST you must be located in the Appalachian Mountains and have a 501(c)(3) designation or be a school or church (with pastor’s ordination papers). For membership, contact Dawn Ellis, 200 Jellico Street, Oneida, TN 37841, 423-286-3300. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. Appointments are scheduled every 20 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each of those days.

OST Impact on Scott County.pdf - a summary from OST Manager, Dawn Ellis.


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