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About Us

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.

Family Promise began accepting families in Knoxville on July 1, 2005.  

Since that time we  have provided shelter services to over 125 families.

  • One out of every four homeless people are children.  
  • 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6.

Families come into our program situationally homeless.  Something has happened in their lives to cause them to become homeless, this is not a choice they have made consciously or easily.

In today's economy, the majority of Americans find themselves 1 or 2 paychecks away from being homeless also.

Family Promise of Knoxville is one of over 181 affiliates of the national Family Promise organization.

Family Promise of Knoxville unites the interfaith community and local resources to help homeless children and their families get back on their feet. 

Usually, the families in the program are facing homelessness for the first time in their lives, due to job loss, medical conditions, financial problems, or other tough circumstances.

The cornerstone of Family Promise of Knoxville is our interfaith network of 16 "host" congregations and 26 "support" congregations.  This congregational network is unique because it serves homeless families within the walls of places of worship, it focuses on providing a safe place for children and their families to sleep, and it is lay-driven by volunteers.

Family Promise operates with the support of hundreds of compassionate volunteers throughout the Knox County region.  It is with the help of these volunteers that we are able to operate on a very small, tight budget employing only two full-time social workers and two part-time van drivers.   
    In 2011, our cost per family per day was $42.69.
    In 2012, Our cost dropped to $30.96 per day.

You can Help by Donating your time or money. Please see our Volunteer page and Donation Center.

Our Vision: a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.