Our Partners

2017 United Way of Greater Knoxville Partner Agencies


United Way partners with organizations that share our view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Our partners know that what we are judged on is results: the tangible and quantifiable impact we make day after day.

Their long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as improving people’s health; helping children and youth achieve their potential; and promoting financial stability and independence.



Ms. Susan Long
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
For service dial: 2-1-1
If using a cell phone dial: 1-866-588-4211
For the office dial: (865) 215-4211
Fax (865) 523-7869

Non-Emergency Telephone Line for Social Service Information
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number and Internet portal that provides free, confidential multilingual information and referral services that connect residents in need with a full range of appropriate community, social, health and government services including housing, food, health facilities, legal and tax assistance, child care, and volunteer opportunities.



AMERICAN RED CROSS of the Tennessee Mountain Valley – $313,081

Sharon Hudson, Executive Director 
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37950‑0156
(865) 584‑2999
501 Memorial Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Community Preparedness – $90,000
Families in Knox County are prepared for disaster, particularly home fires, by having smoke alarms installed in high-risk neighborhoods, youth and adult education around escape plans, and other educational programs around preparedness, lowing instances of death and/or injury in disaster.

Disaster Cycle Services – $140,075
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s emergency needs caused by disaster. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health assistance. The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps them access other available resources.

Service to the Armed Forces – $83,006
This program addresses the basic need for emergency communication along with providing access to financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utility bills and other needs identified through highly-trained volunteer caseworkers. Services also include referrals and information through our network of agency partners that we work with through the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council.




Ms. Judy Wohlwend, Executive Director
3000 North Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37917‑5126
(865) 546-9431
Fax 546‑7960

Beta Homes -$42,912
Beta Homes provides a safe and nurturing home with structure and supervision to provide stability to the men and women with a mental illness and/or an intellectual disability who live here.

Independent Living – $17,835
The Independent Living Program provides independent living skills training to adults with intellectual disabilities who live and work in the community. This includes budgeting and check writing; good decision making/ problem solving skills; social skills training; and household maintenance. The program assists the residents in obtaining the highest level of independence of which they are capable, leading to less dependence on government programs and increasing their potential level of contribution back to their community.

Leisure Services – $28,000
The Leisure Services program is a community-based therapeutic recreation program that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Knox County. It promotes improved physical health and psychological well-being through a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other active-based interventions. These interventions are designed to help individuals develop a life that is healthy, productive, and personally fulfilling.

Sunshine Early Intervention – $35,000
Sunshine Early Intervention provides infant and early childhood education and training for babies with developmental disabilities. This home-based program teaches parents how they can most effectively work with their children with disabilities. 

Sunshine Industries – $20,000
Sunshine Industries provides jobs and job training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This enables them to live more independently, be less dependent on government assistance, and become more productive citizens in their community.



BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS of East Tennessee – $176,500

Mr. Doug Kose, Chief Executive Officer
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37917
523‑2179 x24
Fax 524‑3466

One to One Mentoring – $136,500

This program uses three one-to-one mentoring strategies to pair a mentor with a child to act as a friend and role model.  The pair may engage in community activities together three times a month, or the mentor will visit the child during school hours every week at the school for lunch, reading, doing homework, or playing games.

Mentor 2.0 – $40,000

Mentor 2.0 is technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting high school students. The program will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.



BIKE WALK TENNESSEE (Knoxville Region)- $10,000
Ms. Caroline Cooley, President
903 Windgate Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 604-3497

Expansion of Knox County Safe Routes to School – $10,000

This program focus is to increase schools with Walking School Bus and develop Bike Train programs and advocate for safer environments for kids to walk and bike to school.



BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Great Smoky Mountain Council – $25,000
Mr. David Williams, Scout Executive
1333 Old Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 588‑6514
Fax 588‑3728

STEM SCOUTS- $25,000

This program makes a difference in the lives of young people by exposing them to STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) while encouraging positive character traits, mental growth and physical fitness. The program is developed for girls and boys in grades 3-12.



BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of the Tennessee Valley – $665,750

Mr. Bart McFadden, President and CEO
John D. Lee Administrative Offices
967 Irwin Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

Child Food – $135,000
The Child Food program provides after school snacks, hot supper meals, and summer breakfast to Youth, ages 5 to 18, at their Club sites in Knox County. The program also provides USDA boxed lunches to youth during the summer, as well as morning and afternoon snack.

Healthy Lifestyles – $70,000
This program teaches youth how to develop healthy eating habits and increase physical activity so that they may live healthy lifestyles, therefore decreasing their risk for obesity or other health conditions related to physical inactivity and poor eating habits. 

Life Skills – $118,750
This program provides career opportunities and prepares youth for employment responsibilities by offering the following components: Be Great-Graduate and academic enrichment activities; Career Launch and career exploration and job readiness activities; Diplomas to Degrees and college readiness activities; Junior Staff; and the Talent Search program. 

Prevention & Child Safety – $70,000
The “Prevention” Program works to ensure the physical and emotional safety of Knox County youth through providing a comprehensive Social and Emotional Wellness Initiative, bullying prevention programs, and cyber and social media safety programs. It also includes key prevention programs to deter youth from getting involved in negative behaviors and give them the skills needed and opportunities for positive choices for a healthy lifestyle.

Project Learn: The Educational Enhancement Program – $200,000
This program provides daily homework assistance through tutoring activities. This program enables youth to achieve academic success, build healthy lifestyles, and become productive citizens.

Youthforce – $72,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley’s YouthForce Program connects teens with workforce opportunities, integrating adult coaching and mentoring, skill building workshops, and work experience in year-round paid internships or connection to employment and post-secondary education opportunities for participants.




Ms. Britney Sink, Executive Director
5410 Homberg Drive, Suite 29A
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 329-3399
Fax 329-3311

Advocates for Abused & Neglected Children – $48,000
CASA is a community-based program that recruits, trains, and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Knox County. Judges appoint their screed, trained volunteers to advocate on behalf of an abused or neglected child or sibling group so that they do not become lost in an overburdened, confusing system. The volunteer works to discover the child’s best interests, collaborating closely with Knox County Juvenile Court, educators, medical professionals, community organizations, social workers, and relevant government agencies, to find the child a safe, permanent home has quickly as possible.



CATHOLIC CHARITIES of East Tennessee – $113,750

Sister Mary Christine Cremin, Director
119 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917-6414
(865) 524‑9896
Fax 971‑3575

Columbus Home – $30,000

Columbus Home Group Home is a nurturing, home-like environment for boys, ages 12-17, who are separated from their families due to allegations of abuse/neglect, domestic violence or juvenile justice. They are provided with nutritious food, a safe environment, clothing, access to medical and mental health services, and opportunities to develop life skills.

Columbus Home Assisting Parents – $18,750

Columbus Home Assisting Parents (CHAP) is a home-based parent education and support service that provides parenting education, crisis intervention, and case management for families that are experiencing life stressors that impact parenting abilities.

Pregnancy Help Services – $30,000

This program provides women facing an unplanned pregnancy with pregnancy and prenatal information, medical, legal, and educational referrals as well as counseling and support to help them navigate an overwhelming time in their lives. 

Samaritan Place – $35,000

Samaritan Place provides emergency, transitional and long-term supportive housing to homeless senior citizens. Clients also receive intensive case management as they work toward stability and permanent housing. Once a client leaves Samaritan Place for independent housing they continue to receive follow-up services to help ensure their stability.




Dr. Robert Kronick, Director
Street Address: 1401 Hollywood Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
Mailing Address: 450 Philander P. Claxton Education Building
112 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 909-9040

University-Assisted Community School – $100,000
A program that meets the non-curricular needs of children and families at Pond Gap Elementary School to ensure the children stay in school to ultimately graduate and become employed or graduate from an institution of higher learning.




Ms. Claudia Caballero, Executive Director
2455 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 522-0052

Educational Success – $38,940

The Educational Success Program aims to give Hispanic students enrolled in Knox County schools, grades K-12 that are behind in math and reading standards, the tools to achieve academic goals at grade level, to continue their education, and graduate on time.




Ms. Angelia Jones, Executive Director
241 East Woodland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917‑6363
(865) 523‑0491
Fax 523‑0492

Living a Healthy Day – $190,000
This program provides day habilitation, training, community participation, and community-based employment services to physically disabled adults with the purpose of increasing independence and successful community integration.




Ms. Angelica Jones/Ms. Janice Kitts, Contacts
2014 Highland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918‑2219
687‑9204 (Phone & fax)

Housing as Health Care – $34,075
This program combines stable housing with healthcare management and oversight to break the cycle of homelessness and poor health.



CHILDHELP, INC. – $94,000

Childhelp, Inc.
Teresa Goddard, Director, Tennessee Program Advancement
2505 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 637-1753

Forensic Services for Victims of Child Abuse – $58,000

Serves children of Knox County by providing one-stop approach to investigate suspected sexual and physical abuse of children. This is accomplished through defensible forensic interviews, pediatric forensic medical exams, and evidence based mental health counseling.

Mental Health Services for Victims of Child Abuse – $36,000

Serves children of Knox County by providing one-stop approach to investigate suspected sexual and physical abuse of children. This is accomplished through defensible forensic interviews, pediatric forensic medical exams, and evidence based mental health counseling.




Ms. Janet Kite, Executive Director
301 Frank Street
Knoxville, TN 37919-2203
(865) 523‑2672
Fax 523‑9781

Tuition Assistance for Certificate/Scholarship Children – $81,599

This program provides matching funds to support child care services for children.  This program also provides subsidy for day care services to families who are unable to pay full tuition and meet income guidelines.




Ms. Kate Trudell, Executive Director
2095 Lakeside Centre Way, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 236-1046

The Grow Free Initiative – $25,000

A safe house and related programming for adult female survivors of human trafficking. Immediate and long-term restorative services include affordable physical and mental health care services, access to mental health resources and counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.



Ms. Danielle Velez, Director
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 215-8784

Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Knox County – $87,000

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County mails one new, age-appropriate book each month to any eligible Knox County child. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness to ensure early access to age-appropriate books for all Knox County children from birth to age five.




Mr. Ron Phillips, Executive Director
1025 Children’s Way
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 690‑8961
Fax 693‑3941

Behavioral Health for Special Needs Patients – $35,000
The program works with children who have special needs to help them build functional skills in activities of daily living.

Strengthening Speech and Language Development – $40,000
This program works with children who need special help to build functional communications skills.




Ms. Katie Martin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 22072
Knoxville, TN 37933
(865) 288-7351
Fax: 288-7352

Dialysis Transportation – $54,600
The Dialysis Transportation program provides financial assistance for transportation to and from a dialysis patient’s life-sustaining dialysis treatment.



Ms. Mary Thom Adams, Executive Director
116 Childress Street
Knoxville, TN 37920
Fax 219-0137

Tech:  Assist for People with Disabilities – $75,000

ETTAC’s Tech:Assist program improves the standard of living, increases literacy levels, expands employment opportunities, and stabilizes individuals with disabilities and their families through services that include loan and donation of adaptive and medical equipment, specialized accessible software, ongoing technical support, and training to individuals, family members, teachers, and other support staff.




Ms. Renee Kelly, Executive Director
220 Carrick Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 249-7223

Emerald Academy – $124,500

Emerald Academy, Knoxville’s first K-8 public charter school to provide urban students with the academic foundation, skills, habits, and character traits that they need to succeed in high school, college, and in life. Emerald Academy will prepare our scholars for success through our four pillars: academic excellence, effective teaching, a highly relational culture grounded in high expectations, and robust parent and community engagement.



Mr. Steve Diggs, Executive Director
1718 N. Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 637-3227

Emerald Youth Sports – $50,000
Emerald Youth Sports serve children in Knoxville’s inner-city by being a catalyst for the development of a healthy lifestyle through the encouragement of physical activity and by providing a positive outlet for the use of time to redirect young people from poor choices.

Inner-City Learning Initiative: Access and Achievement – $133,500

The program provides academic supports such as afterschool and summer programs, ACT Prep, tutoring, post-secondary preparedness workshops, life coaches, etc. for elementary through young adults.




Ms. Pam Hughes, Executive Director
1715 Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37927‑3156
(865) 522‑4991
Fax 546‑5531

Client Services – $40,000

This program provides critically needed medication, diagnostic testing, access to a neurologist, and dental care for individuals with epilepsy without access to insurance.   

Helmet Program – $7,500

The program provides free bike helmets to children who cannot afford one in order to prevent head injury, the number one and only preventable cause of seizures. It also educates children at an early age about the importance of making healthful choices that will become habits that will last throughout their lifetimes.




Ms. Mary LeMense, Executive Director
3545 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921-6676
(865) 584-2822
Fax 584-7748

 IHN and Going Home Staying Home – $45,000
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provides safe and secure shelter for families with children, nourishing meals and case management to address the causes of homelessness and secure permanent housing. When a family transitions to permanent housing, the program offers case management services, transportation assistance, budgeting support and crisis intervention for 2 years as families transform to long-term stability and financial independence.




Ms. Nancy Christian, President/CEO
1531 Dick Lonas Road
Knoxville, TN 37909-1218
(865) 602‑2021
Fax 602‑2039

 Crittenton Youth Services – $60,000
This program provides residential treatment to adolescent females with severe mental, emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. 

New Pathways Academy – $25,000
A non-public school, licensed by the Board of Education that offers a year-round school schedule that provides the academic needs of middle and high school aged residential clients.  Individualized programming makes the academy a critical resource that addresses the behavioral and mental difficulties of classroom engagement as well as academics. 




Ms. Melissa Nance, Executive Director
Regency Business Park
900 E. Hill Avenue, Suite 120
Knoxville, TN 37915

(865) 549-7007

Adult Education – $62,250

This program helps individuals obtain their GED or HiSet, improve their reading skills and provides free literacy education.

Community Schools – $10,500

This program provides free high school equivalency diploma (GED/HiSET) classes at four community schools in Knoxville.



Ms. Lynne Lawson Fugate, CEO
1567 Downtown West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 688-9440
Fax (865) 689-9835

Girl Scout Leadership Experience – $50,900

An integrated leadership experience program that develops leadership and life skills in girls. The program incorporates skill building, leadership, science and technology, financial and business literacy, healthy living, environmental leadership, and global citizenship.




Mr. Buzz Thomas, President
912 S. Gay Street, L210
Knoxville, TN 37902
P.O. Box 2188
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 215-4501

Community Schools Initiative – $75,000

The programs strategy for organizing the resources of the community to achieve healthy communities, with schools as their center. Community schools aim to maximize student learning, optimize individual and community health and wellbeing, and strengthen families and neighborhoods.

Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention – $200,000

The Knox County Community Schools Tutoring Intervention aims to maximize student learning and academic outcomes at low performing schools. The program provides direct tutoring services to at risk youth and works with community based tutoring programs to reduce duplication and improve effectiveness of resources.




Mr. Jerry Vagnier, President
201 West Springdale Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 637-9711
Fax (865) 637-7180

 Connections – $90,000

Connections provides supportive services to families involved in the Knox County Juvenile Court and their specialized Family Recovery Court and the Interchange Program in order to reduce repeated contact with the courts and encourage recovery from substance use disorders. 

Continuum for Permanency Services – $68,000

This program provides a safe, supportive family environment in which children can live as normal a life as possible with the opportunities to learn and become self-sufficient as they approach adulthood. Youth in protective care and their families (if appropriate) living in Knox County ages 8-18 are provided highly individualized services.

Family Crisis Center – $70,000

This program provides a safe environment and offer specialized services in partnership with the community for adults and children experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Knox County.

Great Starts/New Beginnings for Families – $28,195

Great Starts/New Beginnings for Families offers services that will prevent infant abandonment and provide a chemical-free environment for addicted women, and their children, through a residential substance abuse treatment program.

Great Starts Nursery – $21,675

A program that serves children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years who are born drug exposed or addicted to one or more substance.  The nursery assists the children to get developmentally on track to be successful in school.  

LIFE Afterschool – $25,500

This program serves foster care youth ages 12 to 18.  LIFE provides afterschool enrichment learning opportunities for foster youth that reinforces their classroom lessons and engages them in creative ways to encourage curiosity and support school learning to become capable and self-sufficient adults.  

Parent Place – $27,000

Parent Place is a supervised visitation program, where positive parent/child interaction is encouraged in a non-threatening environment.

Partners for Child Abuse Prevention – $42,000

This program seeks to end the abuse and neglect of children in Knox County. This is accomplished by providing prenatal assessment and services, parenting and life skill classes, referrals for case management, ongoing community education events and advocacy services that strengthen families and protect the welfare of children. 

PleasanTree Apartments – $25,000

PleaanTree Apartments provides a safe living environment and offer specialized supportive services in partnership with the community for mentally ill women and their children located in Knox County who experience homelessness.

Project Against the Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children (PASAAC) – $75,000

This programs focus on caring for the emotional well-being of children, adults, and family members who have been affected by trauma, sexual or otherwise. 

ReDirections Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Services – $5,103
The ReDirections program gives youth the opportunity to overcome addictions through an intensive outpatient program. The program address the family, the addiction, and the integration back into the community and school.

Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee Advocacy – $37,000

A program providing services to those who are victims of sexual assault in Knox County.

Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee – Education – $17,820

This program provides education services to equip Knox County elementary, middle and high school students with tools to ensure their safety and allow them to successfully perform in school. The program provides presentations in local schools and community venues utilizing an evidence-based curriculum which teaches topics including safety skills, bullying, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and conflict resolution.

Therapeutic Preschool – $73,000
Therapeutic Preschool serves children ages 4-6, who have suffered physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse or neglect, or have experienced a major loss or other traumatic event.

Therapy Center – $40,000

The program offers therapy services to individuals and families in Knox County who are otherwise unable to access therapy or mental health care due to a lack of insurance and/or lack of available resources.   

Transitional Living for Youth – $20,000

The Transitional Living Program provides services for young adults or older youth who are, or are at-risk of, becoming homeless. These services include advocacy, safe housing, case management, training and skill building.




Ms. Melissa H. Knight, Executive Director
315 Gill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 546-7330
Fax (865) 546-6643

Healthcare for the Working Uninsured – $160,000

This program provides on-site family practice health care to working individuals without insurance. Services include lab work and x-rays on a sliding fee scale. Specialty clinics including podiatry, gynecology, diabetic counseling and minor surgery are held at the clinic on a regular basis. Dental care, mental health counseling, and affordable medications are also offered on-site.




Ms. Jennifer Searle, Director
1000 N. Central Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 594‑3791
Fax (865) 594‑1674

 PTA Clothing Center – $37,500
KCS Clothing Center PTA provides quality new and used school appropriate clothing to low-income students in Knox County Schools. Families are served up to twice a year and receive five day supply of clothes, socks, and underwear. School Social Workers also get clothes for children in emergency situations or when parents/guardians are unable to get to the center.



urban-league-emblem-300x300KNOXVILLE AREA URBAN LEAGUE – $157,624

Ms. Phyllis Nichols, Chief Executive Officer
1514 East Fifth Avenue
P.O. Box 1911
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 524‑5511
Fax (865) 525‑5154

Co. Starters Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp – $25,000

This program is an innovative approach to teach at-risk youth skills relevant to the real world to improve student’s academic development, social development, and cultural and global awareness. The Boot Camp inspires students to explore entrepreneurial skills they possess while demonstrating how to apply entrepreneurial skills to education, career, and community service.

Housing – $47,970
The Housing Program promotes financial capacity and independence for Greater Knoxville Area residents by providing foreclosure counseling, financial literacy instruction and homebuyer education.

Workforce Development – $84,654
The Workforce/Employment Program maintains an annual client base of over 400 individuals at various phases in the training and/or employment process, from the unemployed and/or unskilled workers seeking entry level employment to skilled workers, paraprofessionals and professionals affected by layoffs or seeking to upgrade their employment.




Ms. Susan Long, Director
Office on Aging
2247 Western Avenue
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
(865) 524-2786
Fax 546-0832

 CAC Resilient Families – $27,250
In this program, a case manager works with families with children who are in financial distress and facing homelessness. The case manager will identify families who are eligible, assess their risk of homelessness, assist the family in developing a plan for stabilizing their housing and financial situation, and provide ongoing support for one year to monitor their housing situation.

Mobile Meals – $150,000
The Mobile Meals Program delivers and serves hot, well-balanced, noontime meals to seniors age 60-plus in Knoxville and Knox County who cannot cook for themselves and have no one to cook for them. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, including holidays using over 2,000 volunteers per year.

Senior Citizens Information and Referral Service (SCIRS) – $19,000
A service providing information and referral to/for senior citizens seeking help in such areas as housing, transportation, health, recreation, finances, retirement, and loneliness.




Mr. Christopher Martin, Executive Director
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 524-2774
Fax (865) 523-4213

 Amachi Mentoring – $35,000

The Amachi Knoxville offers mentoring services for Knox County youth ages 4-17 who are experiencing parental incarceration, and consequently, are at risk for behavioral problems in school, poor school attendance, poor academic performance and juvenile delinquency. 

KnoxWorx – $40,419

KnoxWorx is a citywide collaborative initiative that addresses the needs of individuals in Knoxville who have the most significant issues with unemployment: at-risk youth with juvenile justice involvement, long-term unemployed adults, and chronically homeless individuals who are now in stable housing. All three programs use case management, education, and mentoring to create pathways to financial stability.



Mr. John Whited, Director
512 N. Chilhowee Drive
Knoxville, TN 37924
(865) 546-4824
(865) 546‑4821 (Emergencies)
Fax (865) 525‑5411

Rescue and Safety Services – $90,000

This program provides emergency primary vehicle rescue services and water rescue services for Knox County. It also provides specialized rescue service for Knoxville and Knox County including cave/vertical, support, heavy rescue, trench, and search services.



LADIES OF CHARITY – $37,500LOCharity

Ms. Susan Unbehaun, Executive Director
120 W. Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 247-5790
Fax (865) 474-9367

 Emergency Assistance – $37,500
The program provides services to those who come requesting help. The primary services are food, clothing, medication help, utility help, layettes for newborns and kerosene in cold weather. All are served regardless of race, creed, color or country of origin, in the Knoxville community.



Ms. Sheri Fox, Director
607 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902‑2011
(865) 637‑0484
Fax 525‑1162


Civil Justice, A Basic Need – $60,697

This program provides civil legal aid to low income persons to insure a fair opportunity for accessing and maintaining housing; the means necessary to obtain employment, the means necessary to protect income and assets, fair treatment in education; and fair access to health care, all as provided by law. 

Domestic Violence Civil Legal Aid- $100,000

The Domestic Violence Legal Aid program will provide crisis legal services to victims of domestic violence to help them achieve safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

Homeless Prevention and Legal Services Project – $31,075

This program address factors preventing people in Knox County from obtaining and sustaining safe, affordable housing, and helps those who are currently homeless address the urgent legal needs that stand in their way of self-sufficiency.


MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION – $100,000mhaet-logo

Mr. Ben Harrington, Executive Director
9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 104-A
Knoxville, TN 37930-2731
(865) 584‑9125
Fax (865) 824-0040

Client Services – $45,000

The Peer Recovery Call Center & the Check Up – from the Neck Up screening programs increase the number of individuals who are diagnosed, enter treatment & adhere to their treatment plan by providing ongoing peer support.

Education Services – $55,000
The Mental Health 101 & B4Stage 4 health education programs increase knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions, addiction and suicidal behavior, ensuring the reduction of suicide attempts while increasing the number of youth and adults who enter treatment. Mental Health 101 is provided in middle and high schools while B4Stage 4 reaches adults in various settings, engaging participants in trainings at workplaces, in the faith community and other venues. The focus of both programs is early intervention and elimination of treatment delay, thereby preventing unnecessary negative physical, emotional and financial effects.




Ms. Karen Pershing, Executive Director
4930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Alternative School Outreach Accelerated Reader – $17,554

The Accelerated Reader program combines a literature-based reading program with the use of technology to provide detailed reports to parents, teachers and administrators on each child’s reading progress.  The purpose of utilizing the accelerated reader program is to help students develop skills they need to succeed in school and then move on to be productive adults through gainful employment. 

Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – $65,000

The program focus is to reduce the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome by providing educational services and early intervention strategies with at risk women of child-bearing age.




Mr. Christopher Martin, Executive Director
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 524-2774
Fax (865) 523-4213

Homebuyer Readiness – $26,250 

The Homebuyer Readiness Program (HRP) promotes the financial independence and stability of working individuals in Knoxville by providing empowerment-based one-on-one financial coaching and down-payment assistance to low-income, first-time homebuyers. While in the program, HRP staff help participants reduce debt, increase savings, improve credit scores, HRP then helps participants’ secure low-interest loans and places them in high-quality energy-efficient homes.


Ms. Mary Nelle Osborne
Manager of Recovery Services
Independent Living Program
1451 Dowell Springs Boulevard, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 374-7140
Fax (865) 558-5392

Independent Living – $51,000
To provide financial assistance to individuals who are receiving mental health services by reducing financial stress and increasing financial stability.



THE SALVATION ARMY – $238,718Salvation_Army_Logo

Major David Worthy
409 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 525‑9401
Fax (865) 524‑7748

Emergency Assistance – $101,400

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Assistance Program provides a much needed safety net for low-income families and individuals by providing assistance with utilities, groceries, fuel, transportation, clothing, furniture and other household items. A case manager is often able to refer clients to other resources within our community. By assisting with these critical needs, the program actually helps people to maintain their housing, thus preventing homelessness.

Joy D. Baker Center – $63,000
The Joy Baker Center is a safe haven for women with or without children experiencing domestic violence. Residents receive access to a secure facility, case management support, and coordination of resources to meet physical, mental, and social needs.

Men’s Operation Bootstrap – $74,318
This program provides a clear path for the homeless to move towards self-sufficiency by addressing root causes. The program emphasizes accountability through required employment, daily responsibilities within the facility, drug and alcohol education, life skills training and achievement of both daily and weekly goals while a part of the program.



SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK – $75,137second-harvest

Ms. Elaine Streno, Executive Director
136 Harvest Lane
Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 521‑0000
Fax 243-8241

Healthy Food Initiative – $75,137

Second Harvest’s Healthy Food Initiative focuses on increasing the percentage of “green food” (that with the highest nutritional content) distributed to needy East Tennesseans through our partner agencies and schools.




Mr. Timothy Howell, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3025
215 Bearden Place
Knoxville, TN 37927‑3025
(865) 523‑2920
Fax (865) 637‑3817

Homemaker Services – $130,000
Homemaker Services provide companionship, light housekeeping, and personal care services to clients. Caregivers are trained to observe factors of a safe environment in the home of the client as well as with the person of the client. Transportation is provided to physician visits, pharmacies, grocery stores, or any place in the community the client may need to go to maintain a high quality of life.



Ms. Lynn Petr
11800 Hwy 11E
Lenoir City, TN 37772
(865) 988-4711

STRIDES – $40,000
The STRIDES program at STAR utilizes evidenced based mental health, behavioral and educational practices to enhance the lives of a wide variety of individuals and groups. Through partnership with horses, participants learn kinetically with real time feedback in a stimulating environment.




Mr. Christopher Martin, Executive Director
The Regas Building
318 North Gay Street, Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 523-4213

Flenniken Landing Supportive Services – $18,000

Flenniken Landing is a permanent supportive housing development for the chronically homeless that provides critical supportive services to assist and empower every resident to maintain housing, access appropriate and needed physical and mental

health services and lead productive lives within our community. Each resident at Flenniken Landing receives on-site service coordination which allows for the development of an individualized plan aimed to improve the resident’s quality of life.



Ms. Rebekah Fetzer
923 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 200-4759


Mothers In Recovery- $70,000

The Susannah’s House Mothers in Recovery is a licensed intensive outpatient program of recovery from opioid abuse for mothers who have infants and/or young children and wish to begin or continue their life of sobriety.




Ms. Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director
10427 Petsafe Way
Knoxville, TN 37932

tnACHIEVES – $25,000

tnAchieves is a post-secondary access and success program with the mission of increasing higher education opportunities for Tennessee students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance. The program seeks to promise students a better quality of life and the ability to make a lasting impact in their communities by providing the pathway to a college degree.




Mr. Bruce Spangler, Executive Director
511 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37901-0325
(865) 524-3926
Fax (865) 524-7065

The Bush Family Refuge – $22,500
This program provides services to individuals and families in crises to prevent homelessness through assistance with rent, utilities, and a variety of other services.

Minvilla Manor – $15,000

Minvilla Manor is a permanent housing opportunity with 57 apartment units for single residents. It provides a moderate supportive environment to former chronically homeless individuals. These supportive services are “in-house” which provides assistance and empowerment to every resident with the objectives of long term tenancy, and securing appropriate medical/behavioral.

Resource Center – $101,250
The VMC Resource Center is a case management driven program that assists people experiencing homelessness toward their goal of attaining affordable, permanent housing and the additional skills and supportive services required to maintain that housing. In addition to case management, the RC provides a safe and supportive daytime environment in which clients can access meals, showers, laundry, telephone and mail, computers, and classes on a variety of topics.




Mr. Tim Adams, Executive Director
1719 Reynolds Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 524‑5494
Fax (865) 524‑5495

Afterschool C.A.R.E.S. (Children’s After-school Recreation, Education and Support) – $91,000
A program providing after-school enrichment focusing on education, performing arts,  life skills, character building, and recreation to at-risk youth in the first through fifth grades. Area children and youth are served from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. daily. 

Summer S.T.E.P. (Summer Time Enrichment Program) – $40,950
A summer day camp for elementary school-aged children which focuses on supervised recreational activities. Academic enrichment, community service, cooking, and residential camping are only a few of the opportunities offered to participants in this program which runs for eight weeks, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served daily. 


W.I.S.E. (Wellness in Senior Education) – $8,000
The WISE Program addresses specific needs of senior citizens in Knoxville who live below the poverty level, impacting their health and well-being.



Mr. Robert “Archie” Ellis, Jr., Interim Executive Director
2351 Dandridge Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
(865) 546-5828

 The First Tee Learning Center – $55,800
A program that targets inner-city youth under the age of 18 involved with The First Tee of Williams Creek.  The learning center provides an after-school and summer program for elementary and middle school participants to focus on academics, character education, physical activity, and promotion of healthy eating habits. 

The First Tee Life Skills Experience – $30,000
The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum uses golf as a tool to provide educational programs that instill Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits in young people through structured clinics. It also provides physical activities, promotes healthy active lifestyles, and teaches life skills for young people to improve physical, emotional, and social well-being.



YMCA – $298,012Orange_Green_Y

Mr. Jim Dickson, Chief Executive Officer
616 Jessamine Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax 521‑7418

Community Safety & Aquatics – $30,000
The program is focused on prevention by helping individuals improve aquatic skills, achieve wellness goals, and gain skills to stay safe or prepare for an emergency.

Community Wellness – $70,000
This program helps to decrease risk factors for negative outcomes, increase positive results related to health and quality of life, and reduce the effects of chronic diseases through intervention and prevention programs.

School Age Child Care – $175,000
A 3 STAR childcare program supporting the educational curriculum of Knox County Schools, developing life skills, and encouraging the healthy development of each child.  In addition, the program provides support for the entire family with classes in parenting, life skills, family support groups and connection to other services.

Teen Leadership – $23,012
The goal of this program is to provide leadership development and support which is individually designed for youth and teens to reach their personal potential. Activities include college tours, field trips, computer training, service projects and life skills workshops.  Scholarships are available for qualified youth.



YWCA – $389,948

Ms. Marigail Mullin, Executive Director
420 West Clinch Avenue, SW
Knoxville, TN 37902‑2198
(865) 523‑6126
Fax (865) 637‑5263

Educating Youth – $200,000
The Educating Youth program provides comprehensive, evidence-based youth programming that targets K-12 students who are at risk through three overlapping components: Summer Kids in Play, After-School Enrichment, and Y-Teens.  The program gives young people the tools necessary to overcome social, mental, and emotional obstacles to succeed in school.

Health & Fitness Club W – $30,000

This program is designed for individuals who have never sought physical fitness before, particularly people who are low-income, struggle with mental illness, feel inadequate or embarrassed about their lack of physical fitness experience, and have one or more health issues (obesity, high-risk pregnancy, tobacco use, diabetes, diseases of the heart). 

Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma – $20,000

The program will address trauma experienced by youth in Knox County and will utilize the Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) Program, an evidence-based, best practice curriculum and a streamlined referral process for youth who have experienced trauma or exhibit trauma-related behaviors.

Victim Advocacy – $57,000
The Victim Advocacy Program is safety-driven to reduce risk, support victims, educate community members, and prevent domestic violence.

Women’s Housing – $82,948
The Women’s Housing Program (WHP) provides at-risk women with an affordable safe, supportive, focused environment necessary to address life-long problems and obstacles. The WHP promotes financial stability and independence among homeless women and those at risk of homelessness through transitional housing and comprehensive services. The only program of its kind in East Tennessee, the WHP houses 58 women at a time for a weekly fee of $60 for up to 24 months.