Catholic Charities of East Tennessee are a coalition of service driven community centered programs empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ. We help foster human dignity of the vulnerable in our region through shelter, counseling, education, advocacy, and reverence for life.
CCETN provides services to anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of race, income or religion; we estimate that fewer than 5 percent of all clients served are Catholic. We welcome opportunities to work collaboratively with other community resources to serve those in need.
Following the example of service Christ lived on Earth, we promise to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We are guided by the principles of Catholic Teaching including reverence for all life, compassion and integrity for all people.
- Incorporated in 1989, CCETN was founded to provide social services to East Tennessee.
- Member of Catholic Charities USA, the largest social service agency in the U.S.
- One in ten persons living at or below the federal poverty guidelines are served by Catholic Charities annually.
- Catholic Charities of East Tennessee served more than 3300 individuals last year.
- We offer eleven innovative programs serving anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of religious affiliation.
- We estimate that fewer than 5% of the neighbors we serve are Catholic.
- Children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or other endangerment.
- Seniors, including the homebound, the homeless, and victims of elder abuse.
- Women and men preparing for the arrival of an unplanned baby.
- Homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS or with chronic mental health issues.
- Families in hardship, including immigrants, refugees, and rural Appalachian families.