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Host Site


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Washing laundry after the hosting week is over

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, three or four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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Committed Host Congregations

  • Ball Camp Baptist

  • Bearden United Methodist

  • Christ United Methodist

  • Church of Ascension Episcopal

  • Church of the Good Samaritan Episcopal

  • Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal

  • Ebenezer United Methodist

  • First Baptist Knoxville

  • First Farragut United Methodist

  • First Presbyterian

  • First Seventh Day Adventist

  • Fountain City Presbyterian

  • Lake Forest Presbyterian

  • Powell Presbyterian

  • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist

  • Trinity United Methodist

  • Westside Unitarian Universalist

Committed Support Congregations

  • Central Baptist of Fountain City

  • Church of the Savior United Church of Christ

  • Church Street United Methodist

  • Colonial Heights United Methodist

  • Community of Saint Ninian

  • Cross Roads Presbyterian

  • Farragut Presbyterian

  • First Presbyterian of Lenoir City

  • Grace Presbyterian

  • Grigsby Chapel United Methodist

  • Knoxville Jewish Alliance

  • Knoxville Mennonite

  • Northside Christian

  • Rutherford Memorial United Methodist

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral

  • St. Elizabeth Episcopal

  • St. John's Lutheran

  • The Table

  • West Knox Friends, Quaker

  • Westminster Presbyterian

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