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At Douglas-Cherokee, we envision a future without poverty in which individuals and families from all walks of life prosper in thriving, safe and healthy communities. Our mission is to provide resources, tools, and opportunities that help low-income families and individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability. 

All Douglas-Cherokee full-time employees (excluding temporary and subs) receive the following benefits:
  • Up to 14 paid holidays per year
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid vacation leave
  • State of Tennessee 401(K) savings plan


Full-time employees who work an average of 30 or more hours per week are eligible for the following benefits:
  • Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System benefits
  • Employer Partially Paid Plans: health, dental, and/or vision insurance
  • Employer Paid Plans: Term Life and Employee Assistance (EAP)
  • Volunteer Benefits: Short-term and Long-term disability and Voluntary Life

"I love helping people. I love creating new ideas, or giving people a different angle from the idea they had. Working for DCEA, in my line of work, I get to do both. I know that my job is helping other people, who are helping even more people," Andrew Myers, Maintenance Technician

"I do what I do because I know I am making a difference (not only for clients but for staff too).

I want to come to work everyday," Curt Amos, Head Start/Early Head Start Director.

As a DCEA employee, you may be eligible to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. PSLF is a program that forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan, while working full-time for a non-profit organization. However, your loan will only be forgiven in you meet all of the PSLF Program eligibility requirements. 

"DCEA is a great place to have a career because they take care of employees who work hard," Kim Paxton, Community Services Director.

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