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 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.
I have served as a volunteer, a volunteer coordinator at my church and 4 years on the Board. There are countless amazing aspects of the program but the one that touches my heard the most is the children. I originally became involved in the program to help provide a blessing to the families and the children. I quickly found out that I was the one receiving the larger blessing when I heard the squeal of a kindergartner who got the first look at her new bunk bed. Family Promise Knoxville is a remarkable program.
I am a recent addition to the Family Promise Board, though I have been aware of their great work for many years. Family Promise is a fantastic organization led by dedicated social workers and professionals who are driven to empower families and achieve positive and permanent changes.