Family Promise of Knoxville

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.

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First Presbyterian Church will host Family Promise families March 17 through March 23.  Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of needs.  Please contact Sue Wrisberg at for more information and to sign up.