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Family Promise of Knoxville

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.

Results: The numbers as of 8/31/12: Family Units 138 Family Members 458 Children 267 Children Under 5 123 Average length of stay 78.7 Nights Shelter nights 25,782 Meals served 78,645 Success rate - permanent housing 53% Success rate - all housing 81% Going Home, Staying Home graduates> 5 Families total Families worked with 28 families

Programs: Provide support and assistance with lifeskills, shelter, food, clothing, and meals to homeless children and families referred to the organization by social service agencies and other non-profit organizations. Area churches provided approximately 1,683 shelter nights to families participating in the program at an estimated cost of 77,401.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Courtney29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family means a lot to many people. The success of a family means the most to Family Promise of Knoxville. This is a great organization. The volunteers are great, the staff is awesome and the families are wonderful. The way it is organized uses the network of churches and support site wisely and to the best benefit of their guests.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Family Promise for the past 6 years has broadened the my life and the lives of many in our church. We use our Children's Sunday School area to house our guests when they stay with us. The children of the church help, move chairs, make beds, draw welcome signs and sometimes make cookies for the families. How wonderful to learn about the effects of homelessness when you are so young. These youngsters are the future of our society. What a wonderful way to become aware of others needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Family Promise Knoxville since it started. I am presently the volunteer coordinator at my church. What makes Family Promise Knoxville great is the way the volunteers offer their help and support without question.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Family Promise of Knoxville for over 8 years. I have found this non-profit to be efficient and effective. The families enrolled in the program get the help they need to become self sufficient quickly and their success rate for keeping the families from becoming homeless again is greater than 85%. I don't think there is a better run non-profit in Knoxville.

1 Pat_18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Family Promise from the beginning, 3 years as our churches coordinator. It is such a great feeling to see homeless families move to jobs, housing and independence. This is not an easy program, moving children and all your belongings each week to a new church with new rules is not something you do without commitment. The FP staff have requirements and rules that must be followed or you are out. These you families have budgeting and parenting classes to help them succeed. I am proud to be a part of the program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved in Family Promise from the first rotation of guests. This is an organization that actually moves people from dependence to independence in a short time. Being able to see this happen and in a small way be a part of the process is very rewarding. We have helped in many capacities each rotation and it is great to see the "graduates" and hear the success stories each year at the pasta cook-off. Pat L

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with helping the families in the program for a number of years and feel Family Promise does outstanding work in our community. I have seen miracles happen for many families in need all with the help of this great organization. Those volunteering have the heart to serve and it makes such a tremendous difference in the lives of those who desperately need assistance.

Gordon F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As far as I know, Family Promise is the only organization in Knoxville that serves families - that is their purpose- to provide housing that keeps moms and dads and their children together during their time of temporary homelessness. Additionally, Family Promise provides transportation, parenting classes, financial classes, and the tools for finding jobs as well as sustainable housing. I am a volunteer at one of the host churches. So for one week, about 3 times per year, I am able to interact with the families and see their appreciation for the program and hear about the success stories when the next family moves into more permanent housing. Family Promise provides that life-line and is desparately needed in this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Promise of Knoxville takes a unique approach to help make families with children self-sufficient by meeting both immediate needs for food, shelter and transportation, and developing long term skills for employment, parenting and managing a household. All this is done in a very cost effective manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have spent the night with Family Promise folks for years! The families in this program are on the way back up- to housing, to jobs, to independent living ! Each morning when we leave them, we marvel at their tenacity and at their faith that they can reestablish their lives. We are amazed, and we are humbled, by what happens to us all through Family Promise!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for a number of different organizations in my life but feel that Family Promise makes a bigger difference in the lives of people in crisis than any other organization I have worked for. To see families supported and encouraged during their time of need and then return to self-sufficiency and housing in a relatively short period of time is a truly rewarding experience for volunteers like me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Promise does a great job with their clients. They have best practices that they follow and hold residents accountable for their actions. I have watch people receive housing, job training, and get a better handle on their children. Sometimes the clients need more help than others, but it is really a pleasure to meet new people on a path to a new life through Family Promise. Plus I look forward to forward to our week with new friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Westside UU Church is a strong supporter of Family Promise. We have been a host church for nearly 2 years. I have personally participated in each host week in a large or small role. We as a church community pledge our continued commitment to Fsmily Promise and its important mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Promise makes a real difference helping homless families get into a home and get back on their feet. The reason this nonprofit is so impactful is because it's focused on relationships. Family Promise walks beside families, offering them mentoring. Family Promise also brings together faith communties to host the families so congregants from faith communities can make a difference and also get a different face related to homelessness. I have served meals with Family Promise and served as an overnight host, and I must say the experiences have given me a different perspective on homelessness and hope that we can make a difference.

Cindy47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have cooked and served meals for the families staying at our church, Westside UU Church, every time we have hosted families. It has always been a wonderful experience.Our ten year old helps. He sets out plates and flatware. He plays with the other kids. Last time, one of the fathers was someone that graduated from high school with me. To be able to give back in such a personal way is wonderful. To be able to teach our son how good it is to help others is priceless. On the practical side - Family Promise is so organized. The trailer arrives; we set up. The families arrive promptly. It's a great non-profit that's helping our community one family at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer through Westside Unitarian Universalist Church (Knoxville) to host homeless families in the Family Promise program. The program works well to identify highly motivated families needing support to work toward stabilizing their living situations. FP provides an effective support system that addresses all needs to ensure a successful path to self-sufficiency. The program focuses on giving families a hand up, rather that just a hand out, which enables families not only to succeed in supporting themselves, but also to become contributing members of society. Spending time with the families during "host week" at our church is a meaningful personal growth experience and a privilege for my family and me.

Lorie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with Family Promise of Knoxville. They work hard to ensure that the host churches are clear about the expectations of them, and they provide amazing support to the families. The families are generally helpful, appreciative, and open about their situations. I love seeing the success rate! And I love spending time with the children.

Kathy73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Family Promise through my church, Westside Unitarian. The program is very well organized, and both the families and volunteers have a clear understanding of the program expectations. The families are well screened. The program features family education on financial management and raising children. Adults are assisted with job searches, finding housing, and transportation. All the families we have hosted have secured housing . Initially, our small congregation was not sure we had the energy and resources to provide shelter to these families each quarter. Now, about 50% of the church volunteers during each Family Promise week - because we can feel what a difference we are making!

Ellen31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Family Promise through my church, Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, in Knoxville. Family Promise not only provides shelter to homeless families, but it also gives families a chance to get their lives back on track with jobs and housing. Nothing is more heartwarming than the knowledge that we've done a little bit to keep children safe and secure with their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have found it heart warming to share our plenty with these families. They are interesting, hard-working people. I am grateful that they share their stories with us. We always enjoy providing dinner one evening and being with children again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered many times with Family Promise. they help homeless families to get back on their feet - they teach parenting, finance, etc to parents. They provide a place to live, take the kids to school, feed them and eventually help them to get into permanent housing. If this is not the greatest, I'm not sure what is.

Michael118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being able to provide shelter and care over the Christmas Holidays for the homeless families staying at our church this past year was particularly rewarding and made all of us mindful about the need to care for those in need.