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  • Rev. John-Mark Brown

Updated: Feb 1

As 2020 comes to a close, I want to share two stories of hope with you. This year has looked drastically different than any other in our 15-year history. Between a global pandemic limiting the number of families we can shelter and the additional needs of our community (shelter, food, and other services), Family Promise of Knoxville has done our best to be a place of refuge in tumultuous times. In this year of uncertainty, we witnessed some incredible feats of resilience.


After tragedy befell her family, Emma did the most courageous thing: she called Family Promise of Knoxville without knowing anything about our program. Emma bravely shared her story with us. She and her two children joined our shelter program in February. Before their 4th full week in shelter, Knox County went into a stay-at-home order. As we shifted to sheltering in-place, our families were left with a hard question: How do you stay-at-home when you don’t have one? Emma regained her confidence, found a job, kept her children safe, and located affordable housing at the end of June. She grew to see herself as an independent mother capable of leading her family to their bright future. They will celebrate the holidays sheltered, safe, and stable.


In a totally different set of circumstances, Natalie contacted a local partner (Compassion Coalition) and shared that she and her four children (1 teenager and 3 children between 9 – 3 years old) were on the verge of being evicted if they could not pay their a looming bill. A case manager at Compassion Coalition referred Natalie to our Safe-Keeping Prevention & Diversion Services. Once she met with our case manager and developed a plan for the next three months of family finances, we covered the family’s bill. We kept Natalie and her four children off the street, out of our shelter program, and housed safely in their home for less than $500. It would take more than 10x that amount in community resources, governmental services, and case management costs to get a family out of the cycle of homelessness. Natalie’s family is thriving in their own place this winter because we offered assistance before it was too late.


With your help, Family Promise of Knoxville can serve more families like Emma’s & Natalie’s. We can continue to create and streamline services that meet parents and their children where they are, as they are. As we finish out a year of hard-fought wins, will you help us celebrate the holiday season by giving to end family homelessness in Knox County? The hard work of equipping Knoxville’s most vulnerable families is impossible without your financial support.


Emma & Natalie’s families deserve a safe place to stay. Even more, they have a right to a home, where their children can grow, learn, and live without fear. Help us end the cycle of trauma that is family homelessness.



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  • Rev. John-Mark Brown

SUMMIT, NJ, OCTOBER 25 – This October, Family Promise Affiliates across the country will participate in Family Promise’s first Giving Day, a one-day online event to raise awareness of Family Promise and the crisis of family homelessness in the U.S.


“We’re bringing our communities together to raise $1million for families experiencing homelessness,” says Chief Impact Officer Cara Bradshaw. “More than 80 Affiliates will be online on October 25 to support this mission.” The digital event will be accompanied by local in-person events at Affiliates and a Night of Giving Gala held in Summit, NJ.


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.



Family Promise aims to raise $1 million in 24 hours during Giving Day Event


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.


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  • Rev. John-Mark Brown

Updated: Feb 1

Family Promise of Knoxville has been gearing up to celebrate our 15th Annual Pasta & Bluegrass Festival. Every year, we look forward to hosting more than 500 of our invested community members (volunteers, clergy, and families) as we fundraise on behalf of families in our area experiencing homelessness. Sadly, for its 15th occasion Pasta & Bluegrass will be like none in our history. For the safety of our network, guests, and donors, we have redesigned this year’s Pasta & Bluegrass Festival into a week of virtual events. Between Sunday, August 16 and Saturday, August 22, we will feature two local bluegrass bands, two local chefs cooking follow-along recipes, a pasta recipe prepared by your FPK staff, and videos from Family Promise of Knoxville’s previous guests, board members, staff, clergy, and volunteers. Every evening at 6:00 PM, we will share our video for the day on our Facebook page (@FamilyPromiseofKnoxville).


In the event that you cannot join us, I want to ask you to consider financially contributing to our cause. For the last decade and a half, we have been the beacon of hope for families without a place to go. Family Promise of Knoxville is the only shelter in our city and county that makes sure a family stays together. Our mission has stayed the same, but our response and programming has adapted since 2005. The housing crisis our families face demands more than shelter and food for the night. Our families need services that keep them from becoming homeless in the first place. They need transitional housing opportunities (in-house) that allow them to worry less about surviving and more about their next steps toward independent housing.


By giving to Family Promise of Knoxville, you help us adapt to meet the needs of our city’s most vulnerable children and adults. Your donations will go directly to our work of helping families get back on their feet through intentional case management, access to community-wide resources, and the opportunity to become more financially literate and independent. Will you help us, through your generous donation, so that we can continue to be the place that adamantly says “Yes!” to families in desperate need of respite, renewal, and a second chance?


This season of COVID-19 reminds us that the many issues facing families with children experiencing homelessness have multiplied. Suddenly, what was already a precariously tight financial situation became an unending nightmare of needing shelter, food, employment, and childcare. Since our inception in 2004, we have served hundreds of families working their way through homelessness. We are asking for your passionate support in this hard season. Please consider contributing to our Pasta & Bluegrass Week. As always, our mission is impossible without you!


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