“We’re able to do so much more than shelter. We’re trying to break the cycle of homelessness by sticking with them.”

In late November 2016, wildfires raged through the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, devastating the town of Gatlinburg and Sevier County. Fourteen people were killed, and thousands of families and individuals were displaced.

Family Promise of Blount County immediately recognized the need for shelter/case management, and offered our services to help those in our neighboring county.   Through a grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the support of our fabulous Blount County Community, we are serving families and individuals with emergency shelter, housing, case management, clothing, food, and multiple basic needs.    These services are in addition to the intensive programs we already offer to our Blount County families experiencing homelessness.

Many of those in need from Sevier County did not have a permanent home prior to the fires, and were living in weekly motels, with friends/family, or in sub-standard locations.  With help from our highly skilled case managers, these families and individuals are now provided with immediate safety and security while they are working on their long-term housing goals.  “We’re able to do so much more than shelter,” said Family Promise Executive Director Kathi Parkins.  “We’re trying to break the cycle of homelessness by sticking with them.”

Check out the great news article from our media partner The Daily Times here >>> http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/family-promise-providing-housing-for-sevier-county-fire-victims/article_cbcdfbdf-301d-5845-8610-ef6b9681d32f.html