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The Pursuit of Happiness

Restoring Hope In Our Communities

At The Pursuit of Happiness, we aim to make a lasting impact in the Chattanooga community and beyond. Our initiatives and activities are designed to catalyze true transformation. But above all, passion and compassion are at the heart and soul of everything that we do. Rather than asking “What is wrong with you?" We at The Pursuit of Happiness ask "what happened to you?"

Our Mission

The Pursuit of Happiness has a mission to restore hope by alleviating the drivers of poverty one life at a time. We envision we do nothing less than heal our culture one life at a time.

Four Key Pillars

Counseling, Internships, Mentoring, and Apprenticeship


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

Additional Services

Michael and Troy

"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

"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

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