Our History

SETHRA was organized in 1973 under the Human Resource Act of 1973, as amended. We are a 501(c)(3) organization with a goal of working hand-in-hand with state, local, federal and affiliated organizations. Since 1965, we have grown from a small agency providing only a few programs to an agency administering more than thirty programs in the region. SETHRA operates in the following Tennessee Counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie.


It is the mission of Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency to empower families, moving them from dependence to independence, by providing comprehensive services in collaboration with local, state, and federal resources.


It is the vision of Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency to develop programs that respond to emerging needs of Tennessee families and fight the war against poverty. This will be accomplished by creating a society in which everyone has the capacity to be productive, resourceful, and achieve self-sufficiency.

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