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 …

Day 5: Eddie’s Story

Originally from Mexico, Eddie is now a single father living here in East Tennessee. He approached our Office of Immigrant Services to get information on what he can do to help his daughter, as they are both victims of abuse by his spouse (who is a U.S. citizen). Eddie holds down two jobs in order to provide for his daughter, …

Day 4: Darin’s Story

Darin had been homeless for seven years. Occasionally, a stranger would open their door to him but things were never quite what they seemed, and these temporary solutions never lasted long. Thankfully, Darin was eventually able to find housing through The Home Place, which is an independent living facility for the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. During Darin’s time with us …

Day 3: Ebony’s story

In May of 2015, Ebony was pregnant with her third child when her doctor declared it a high risk pregnancy due to a prior health condition. She was put on medical leave, but with Ebony’s minimum wage job, that meant having to quit entirely. She wasn’t sure how she was going to make it. The father of the baby was …

Day 2: David’s Story

Our Horizon House/5 Rivers program offers permanent supportive housing for adults with chronic and severe mental illness. David has been a resident with us for half a year, and instead of us telling his story, David wanted to write it himself: “In the six months I have lived at Horizon House, I have learned that with support and hard work …

Day 1: Patricia’s Story

Two-year-old Patricia was born premature, and as a result, faces developmental challenges each day. Patricia’s birth father is deceased, and her mother Jessica is happily remarried to a wonderful man named Guillermo. Jessica came to our Columbus Home Assisting Parents [CHAP] program needing help locating legal resources in her area for Guillermo who wishes to adopt Patricia, officially becoming her …

Catholic Charities director accepts Washington assignment

Sister Mary Christine Cremin to lead D.C. Religious Sisters of Mercy community By Emily Booker for The East Tennessee Catholic Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, has served as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for the past four years. But now she is stepping down from that position to take a new assignment in Washington, D.C. Sister Mary …

UT Business Students Host Eighth Annual Barefoot Benefit

Kick off your shoes! The Barefoot Benefit is pleased to announce this year’s 5K, Fun Run, and Fall Festival will be hosted on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Sequoyah Hills Park-West Parking Lot. All funds raised will go towards Samaritan Place, an emergency shelter for senior citizens in Knoxville, TN. With different activities for every age, this year’s Barefoot Benefit is …