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The Restoration House of East Tennessee

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Single Parent Agencies, Temporary Housing

Mission: Helping to restore single mothers and their children back to God's good intent for their lives...

Results: http://www.youtube.com/trhofeasttn2007#p/a/u/1/EEI1LMYudxk

Target demographics: Low-income single mother families with children under the age of 18 in the home

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25

Geographic areas served: East Tennessee

Programs: Transformational Housing Team Mentoring Family Advocacy

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with The Restoration House for the past couple of months, and have been blown away not only by their genuine love and care for those who they serve, but also by their effectiveness in accomplishing their goals. I have worked with many organizations and in my opinion TRH is the real deal.

1 Holt C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with The Restoration House now for about 7 years and they keep amazing me. These people walk the walk and live their faith. I am a better person for being a small part of God's plan for The Restoration House.

1 Erica51

Donor

Rating: 5

The Restoration House is an amazing nonprofit. I have met some of their single mothers and they are truly an inspiration. Daniel and Mandy are the most selfless people I know. What they are doing to change family trees is indescribable. Daniel and Mandy are helping single mothers break the cycle of hopelessness and poverty by providing resources and counseling all in the name of Christ in their daily mission at The Restoration House. I have been honored to be involved with The Restoration House and am excited to see what the future holds for The Restoration House. Acts 20:35-In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, β€˜It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy to support The Restoration House and all that they do to keep families together!

1 Melissa230

Client Served

Rating: 5

TRH helped me through school but didn't just hand it to me. I now have a career and have tripled my income. Able to pay my own bills and buy my family's food makes me proud every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This ministry is run superbly! It is amazing how they help single mothers, but also with how efficiently and impressively it uses it's resources and with the philosophies behind why and how they help!!

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that helps single mothers in east Tennessee

1 Vicki A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with TRH in a few different ways since it first began. Since July of this year I have been able to take a more active role by working directly with the staff in the TRH offices and have been able to see things on a much deeper level. TRH gives the single moms and their children an opportunity to truly change the coarse of their lives. The help and support they offer to these ladies has helped many of them obtain a dream they never thought would be possible. TRH along with the family mentor teams have been able to show not only the moms but their children as well that they are loved and should never give up hope on the endless possibilities that are within their reach. I was a single my mom myself many years ago and can tell you from experience the difference this program would have made in my life. I pray that God will continue to bless TRH to his fullest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for TRH at the beginning of this year after attending their annual fundraising luncheon. Not only do I volunteer but I am a donor as well because I believe in the mission of TRH and the love and direction guiding Daniel and Mandy Watson as they work towards "restoring single mothers back to God's good intent for their lives". They do not just pay lip service to this mission, they walk these mothers and their children through all aspects of life whether it is education, financial, parenting, job search, spiritually or whatever it is going to take to get these mothers to a place in their lives that they are going to be able to care and provide for their themselves and their children, independent of TRH.
Volunteers for TRH are highly appreciated and Daniel and Mandy are so easy yet professional to work with. I have thoroughly enjoyed and am honored to serve in a small part of this growing non-profit.

1 Kathy116

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a property manager of one of the properties the Restoration House uses for its clients i can tell you that i have never seen a more dedicated organization to helping it's clients. There is teaching and learning to go along with what is provided. They address all members of the family and all aspects of making a better life. There clients are taught skills to make a better life not sit back and take handouts. They truly make everyone their family. It has been a privilage to be involved with them .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TRH continues to be a great partner with other NPOs who have a heart for helping single moms. I love their new plans for The Village which will expand their ability to help far more single moms. Great groundbreaking!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served as both a personal mentor to a single mother but also as a financial mentor. This organization does ministry in an excellent way. They are compassionately truthful with their moms, professional, and organizationally transparent. Daniel is also an excellent resource to other nonprofits in our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with The Restoration House in developing their new housing units. I found them to be such a caring group with a real heart for helping young single mothers. They do things the right way and provide such a fantastic opportunity for personal growth and professional development so that these young women can not only provide for their families but also so they can excel at life. I continue to be impressed with their vision and the plan for growth to be able to help more people.

Kim_88

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization walks alongside single mother families who are seeking restoration to God's good intent for their lives.

Dawn W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The restoration house is an organization that does so much for single mother families. Their goal is to help these families to get ahead in society instead of dwelling in poverty.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Restoration House is an excellent organization that is well planned and making a difference in the lives of single mother's and their children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Restoration House of East Tennessee provides critical needed services, including transitional housing, mentoring, and support, to give single mothers the tools to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their children. This organization is dedicated to its mission, and it is on the verge of expanding the number of single mothers it can serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great organization run by some amazing volunteers and founded by phenomenal, giving people. The families they help are so much better off than many of the families today. There should be more organization run by such giving and caring people who really want the best for the people they help.

1 Jessica118

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Name is Jessica. My son, Zander, was born when I was 19 years old. I worked 60hr+ a week to maintain a house, bills, & being a single mother. I lost my job due to "down sizing". My car broke down, I quickly lost my apartment, & to top it off I couldn't find another job so I had to move in with my mother... after a nervous breakdown one night I googled "help for single mothers in TN" & The Restoration House website was the first one I saw. Being the skeptic I am, I continued to search but nothing offered the "holistic care" as TRH did. So I called... The meeting was set up the next day, & I made plans for a ride to Knoxville (I lived 6 hrs west of there) After interviews & a ton of questions TRH accepted my son & I, not only into the program, but into their family. My mentors were more helpful & inspiring than I ever imagined & the staff made the transition a breeze. I learned so much about myself, my son, my role as a parent, & that good selfless people really do exist. I was able to attend a CNA class, get my CNA license, & find a job that made me realize how much i LOVE nursing while being a Single Mother of TRH! After a year at TRH, I was accepted into a Nursing program near my hometown. Graduating TRH was bitter sweet. Bitter because we had to leave our friends & family in Knoxville, but sweet because that was what they had encouraged me to work so hard for. April 19th of this year I walked down the isle & received my first ever college diploma! I will take the State test for my LPN licence very soon!! My TRH family may not have been able to make in person that night, but their cheers & praise still rang threw my head as if they were in the front row. The experiences I had during my time at TRH are like no other, I met celebrities, went on a Florida vacation, got to be on TV for goodness sakes... but out of every new adventure I had at The Restoration House, the most rewarding part had to have been meeting the staff, my mentors, & the other mothers. I think about them daily & love every chance we get to catch up! I cant wait until I am able to give back to them & to the single mothers of TRH's future! This Non Profit changed my life, as well as my sons... & WE LOVE THEM ALLL!

Jeanne12

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved in The Restoration House as a donor (since I live 8 hours away) when I heard and read about the GREAT things they do for single moms trying to get back on their feet to make a better life for their children. I give as often as I can -- and have been the recipient of donations in my name. They fulfill dreams -- with God's help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and a former volunteer mentor for the Restoration House of East Tennessee (TRH). My family is passionate about TRH and its work because it fills a vital and much needed role in the Knoxville area in helping low-income single mothers and their families. They do this through providing housing, practical life-skills training, mentoring, and encouragement. Since its inception, we have seen lives dramatically changed through TRH's work, both on the recipient side as families have been empowered and transformed, as well as on the donor/volunteer side. It is a tremendous privilege and blessing to be able to support this organization. Daniel and Mandy Watson are peerless in their commitment to helping this important segment of our community, and TRH's staff, volunteer mentors and providers, board members and community partnerships together create a powerful support web that is truly making positive, life-altering differences in East Tennessee.

Eva P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

It has been my pleasure to work with Daniel and Mandy Watson and The Restoration House since they first began laying the ground work for their ministry. I was impressed from the start because they were intentional about assessing the work of effective ministries already in the area. This was an effort to not duplicate services but to fill gaps. Their philosophy of walking alongside single moms and their children over the long-term to give them time to make positive, permanent changes meshes well the that of my own.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been intimately involved with The Restoration House in many ways -- as a strategic planner who assisted in its initial formation, then later as a mentor, donor and board member. I have worked with more than 60 nonprofit organizations in my career, and this one stands out among them all... for the humble brilliance of its Executive Director, the research supporting the need for and effectiveness of its programming model and the commitment of its board, mentors, partners and surrounding community. The Restoration House does more than support low-income single mothers at a critical time; TRH helps stop the negative cycles that got them there... providing a brighter future for these moms and their children. The organization is a blessing to each individual who touches it..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Restoration House of East Tennessee is a remarkable organization that strives to break the negative cycles that lead a woman down the path to becoming a low-income single mom. TRH doesn't just meet physical needs; the program includes a team of mentors to help encourage, build self-esteem and provide direction to these young women. The result is a true life change for these mothers and their children. TRH is tackling this chronic issue the only way it can be effectively addressed with lasting impact... one family at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After serving as a volunteer and a mentor, I would like to compliment this ministry in their endeavors to serve single mothers. I feel that they are meeting a much needed gap in services to these moms and are doing so in a God centered environment. They are assisting these moms in learning to become self-sufficient rather than encouraging them to rely on others for their needs.

1 Valerie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mentor to a young single Mom with a 3 year old son. I basically am available as her friend, and for help when she needs. We have gone on outings to the Smokey Mountain National Park, boating on the lake, gone shopping, and have had dinner at my house with my family and other friends. She has needed to attend school in the evenings, and has to work on some weekends. One of my roles as mentor was that I was in charge of coordinating babysitting for her during these times. I truly enjoyed taking care of her son, but if I wasn't able to, I had a list of other mentors that were able to help when needed.

1 Robin L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a mentor for Restoration House has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. I was very impressed early in the interviewing process with the "hand up" approach Restoration House takes. The single moms that are accepted into the program must be willing to follow the rules and guidelines set up by the program, such as having a part time job, working toward their education, going to classes on managing finances etc.. They must buy into the concept of the program. Restoration House is not a "hand out". It is an opportunity for a single mom to actively engage in seeking a better life for she and her children. Once I was accepted as a mentor, and met my single mom and her little boy, the whole experience became totally personal! I was able to witness the strenght and determination of a 21 year old mom to make a new start for her family. She was able to get a job, enroll her son in day care and begin night classes in nursing. Even when juvenile diabetes was discovered in her 2 year old, she persevered! After one year, she is now out of the program and in LPN school. As a mentor, I was able to be there for her by taking them to the pediatric doctors, and being that extra set of eyes and ears when hearing about the diagnosis and treatment of Juvenile Diabetes. I also helped her with decorating her apartment and turning it into a "home". We searched flea markets and yard sales and made a little go a long way! Lots of times we would just meet for lunch and talk about how things were going, and what she saw in the future. Baby sitting the 2 year old was always fun. It gave me my "baby time" and much needed time off for the mom, or time to go to night class. I can not say enough about Restoration House! It essentially gives a struggling mom the support that allows her to be the best that she can be, for herself and for her children! I have been very blessed to be able to be a small part of this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I walk beside a single mother of three. While we joined this organization to assist where we could, we have been richly blessed. This wonderful organization is not a handout, but rather a helpful program that helps mothers with useful tools, training and skills to be a success story and not just a statistic. With God, all things are possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mentoring at it's finest!! The single family mothers and their children have multiple mentors that coach in the areas of spiritual needs, finance, organizing the home, support for the children, etc. The success for the families is the commitment to stay in the program for two years. This instills lifetime habits that help the mothers into the future. A truly mission driven organization!!

2 Jody G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started helping out, donating a little time and money, then got to see what TRH was all about. The difficulty in dealing with single moms in tough circumsatnces was incredible to watch. It's a dirty ministry, lots of tough love, difficult decisions, and rewarding results. It's great to see the impact TRH has in our community. One of the most effective organizations I've ever been a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TRH is such a blessing to everyone who gets involved. From the clients to the volunteers to the public everyone is touched by this ministry. TRH is a place where single parent families can come to learn and grow in a way that helps them reach their full potential. They are surrounded by a network of support that allows them to take control of their future and the future of their family. As a young Mom myself, I can understand the deep need for support and encouragement at a time when everything is on your shoulders. TRH provides this and so much more! I am proud to be a volunteer whenever they need me!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had experience with TRH through its connection with many members of my faith community who volunteer and participate in TRH's many programs. I have also known a young mother who was referred to the program and who is currently in the intake process. What I have observed is that TRH provides a transformational experience for single mothers and their children. By providing not only housing, but job training, mentorship, support, love, and care for up to 2 years, TRH succeeds in its mission of supporting single moms to go beyond surviving to thriving. TRH is an open, honest, and heartfelt operation. They truly love and care for single mothers, but also have clear boundaries, expectations, and goals for their work with single mothers. The result is that they are very effective in helping those who desire to be helped with an efficient use of resources, resulting in amazing transformation for single mothers in a way that few other organizations achieve. As a Clinical Psychologist, this is the type of intervention I support and find effective for the population that TRH serves. I so strongly believe in their mission and their ability to achieve it that I donate my own money to their mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our family's direct and continuing involvement with young mothers and their children led us to see the need for broader, deeper, more holistic long-term solutions rather than quick and temporary pseudo-fixes. TRH is filling an important gap well, and there is much more to accomplish.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Restoration House is well-researched, well-thought-out and executed, thorough, and skilled in their work with single moms. They serve with a wonderful combination of empathy and expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Restoration House is a much needed organization in Knoxville. They are always helpful to other professionals and clients in the community. They work very hard to meet a huge need in this area by providing mentor services and housing to single mothers. A person does not realize how great this need is until he/she works in this field. The Restoration House is an amazing organization that needs everyone's support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with helping to develop the Financial Literacy Program (FLP) for the past 2 years. I have assisted in helping train the young women in the program in basic financial management skills. There is still lots of work to do to make it fit the needs of the ladies in the program.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This ministry is run with excellence. Restoration House has truly found a practical way to help women break the cycle of poverty and make positive changes in their lives.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Restoration House is an AWESOME nonprofit helping single moms get on their feet and get a plan for a better life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently in the infant stage of learning about The Restoration House, however; my experiences so far have lead me to believe that God just might have a purpose for me here. I had heard about The Restoration House through Mandy and Daniel Watson at church a few times and thought it sounded like a wonderful idea. It wasn't until I came to the fundraiser breakfast earlier this week that I realized the magnitude of what this place is doing for our future. The staggering statistics of the affects of single-mother homes on children literally ripped my heart out. Even when these mothers are doing their best, without the support of others, these mothers and, especially these children, are suffering - and most of them don't even know it. I am so excited to be able to be a part of this wonderful program that God has placed in my path.