Ms. Lisa Healy, Executive Director
119 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Children’s Emergency Shelter
CCETN opened the Children’s Emergency Shelter in 2006 at the request of Knox County Juvenile Court to provide a safe place for children birth to 17 years old who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse, neglect, or another endangerment. While a child is cared for at the shelter, the court and the Department of Children’s services have time to investigate and ensure the child is placed in an appropriate, safe, and permanent home. We met the emergency needs of 108 children in FY2019-20, providing them with food, clothing, shelter, transportation to school, and medical care so they can begin the process of healing and stabilization.
Office of Immigrant Services
The Office of Immigrant Services (OIS) was founded by CCETN in 2005 to meet the needs of East TN’s immigrant and refugee population. Accredited by the Department of Justice, OIS staff provide free and low-cost immigration legal assistance that is not available from any other nonprofit agency in Knoxville and Knox County. We assist with family reunification, naturalization, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewals, and humanitarian services under the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act in addition to life skills training and community education on immigration-related issues and services.
Pregnancy Help Centers
The Pregnancy Help Center, a signature program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, provides education and support for individuals who are facing or who have faced a pregnancy. Our prenatal and parenting education programs, opportunities to build nurturing and positive relationships with staff, referral sources, and collaborations with other organizations provide clients with the resources needed to successfully navigate pregnancy and the first two years of their child’s life. Available services include pregnancy testing, referrals to medical and other service providers, a comprehensive pregnancy and parenting education program “Earn While You Learn”, assistance with baby supplies, pregnancy options information, post-abortion counseling, and referral for foster and adoption placement.
Samaritan Place provides shelter and emergency services to help seniors, over the age of 60, who are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis to become more financially stable and independent. Samaritan Place is the only shelter in Knoxville and Knox County designed to meet the specific needs of senior citizens. A case manager works with each client to create an individualized service plan designed to empower each client to overcome their current crisis and remove barriers for future housing and stability.
Samaritan place at Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, is a home for senior citizens who are currently homeless or are facing the threat of homelessness.