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Our vision is that we intend nothing less than to heal our culture one life at a time.

"Adverse Childhood Experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today." -Robert Block, Former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Pursuit of Happiness uses an approach of trauma-informed care, including an initial ACEs screening, to empower youth and their families with the tools they need to lead a fulfilled life.
Rather than asking “what is wrong with you?," The Pursuit of Happiness asks "what happened to you?"
Partnership, professionalism, principles
Unique counseling and individualized services
Respect families and restore hope
Support families in achieving desired outcomes
Understand through active listening
Investment, inclusion and integrity in everything we do
Trust our families and believe in teamwork

The Pursuit of Happiness will achieve our mission with three key pillars:

  • Counseling

  • Internships

  • Mentoring


Our holistic approach will collectively nurture the health, educational well-being, and professional preparation of each individual with whom we


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Newsletter: Sep 2021

Volume II

Newsletter: May 2021

Volume I

In The Press

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"What if you could go back in time, five, six, seven years prior? What if you could intervene? What if you could help troubled children become whole?

This — love, attention, care — causes that.

'We are going to restore hope,' Mike Gordon said, 'one life at a time.'

Seven months ago, Gordon — husband, father of five, a man of faith — left a high-paying career to start a nonprofit. During a pandemic.


He began fundraising, networking. A well-known youth coach and community leader, Gordon reached out to many — elected leaders, foundation heads, friends.

Officially launched in April, his nonprofit is called The Pursuit of Happiness and focuses on interrupting cycles and patterns of trauma in young Chattanoogans."

-David Cook, Times Free Press


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