Sunday Stories: Natalie’s Story

It’s a new year for Natalie. In the summer of 2017, Natalie’s husband of over 40 years passed away. She immediately found herself unsure of how to navigate life without him. Her finances spiraled out of control, and Natalie lost her home. Unsure of where to go, she sought refuge with a person whom she thought was a friend – …

Sunday Stories: Jake’s Story

After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Jake found himself nearly homeless. Without a support network of family or friends, he felt lost and alone. He had no idea where to turn to get his life back on track. The first step was to secure safe, supportive housing. It was through a local referral that Jake was led to Horizon House. He …

Sunday Stories: Wade’s Story

When Wade moved into The Home Place (Catholic Charities’ residential program for homeless adults with HIV/AIDS) he came with no support from anyone. He was homeless and unemployed. With no source of income or transportation, Wade was unable to get and take his HIV medications on a regular basis. As with any HIV medication, consistency is key to keep the …

Sunday Stories: Kim’s Story

It was the year 2009, and Kim’s youngest daughter, Allison, was diagnosed with Stargardt’s, an incurable macular degeneration disease. Through Duke University’s Medical team, Kim was connected to Catholic Charities’ Columbus Home Assisting Parents [CHAP] program for help. Through her partnership with CHAP, Kim was connected with the area resources necessary to ensure she had access to supportive assistance and academic …

Samaritan Place expands to house more seniors

Samaritan Place opened its expansion in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30. The long-anticipated expansion project will allow the program to help more seniors in crisis. “For every single person here who calls Samaritan Place home this is a place of comfort and refuge from life on the streets,” said Lisa Healy, interim director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. …

New program leader looks forward to program expansion

Samaritan Place has a new program leader, and she is already jumping into making Samaritan Place and welcoming home for more seniors in crisis. Mandy McKay took over as program leader of Samaritan Place in July. A Knoxville native, Ms. McKay has a background in working in case management and property management. She said that working with seniors and helping …

OIS moves into larger space

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services held a ribbon-cutting at its new Knoxville location on Sept. 13. With the help of a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice, the Office of Immigrant Services was able to move into a larger space at 3227 Division Street in Knoxville. Lisa Healy, interim executive director of Catholic Charities, welcomed …

Columbus Home Turns 45

On July 1, 1973, the doors to The Columbus Home program opened for the very first time, serving as an emergency shelter and home for abused and neglected children. Thanks to the support of the Knights of Columbus, The Knox County Juvenile Court System, Tennessee’s Department of Human Services and East Tennessee’s Catholic community, Columbus Home has served thousands of …

Day 7: Mikayla’s Story

It was a cold December evening – just three days shy of Christmas – when a police officer pulled a car over for erratic driving at 2 a.m. Twenty-month-old Mikayla was found in the backseat, dressed only in a diaper, with just a tattered blanket to keep her warm. With a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit, Mikayla’s …

Day 6: Lindy’s Story

“Lindy” came to Samaritan Place in April 2017.  Lindy was a victim of domestic abuse and had just been released from the hospital where she was admitted due to her injuries. Upon her entry at Samaritan Place, it was discovered that not only was she a victim of physical abuse, Lindy was also a victim of financial exploitation.  She had …