Community garden to feed neighborhood

If you build it, they will eat. That’s the hope for the newly-planted community garden at the CCETN administrative office in Knoxville. The community garden was installed early this summer by the St. Vincent de Paul Society conference of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with the goal of providing free, accessible produce of members of the …

Sunday Stories: Amber’s Story

“I don’t want anything to do with them.” With that, Amber’s dad signed his parental rights away and drove off. Amber was 9 years old and she had a younger brother. When their mom left, their dad became distant and violent. The neighbors called the police and the kids were removed from their home. As they waited for a court …

Sunday Stories: Sarah & Kyle’s story

Sarah was shocked when she found out that she was pregnant, and was petrified to tell her partner, Kyle, the news. She thought he would not be ready to have a baby, and they hadn’t even been together for very long. Kyle received the news well but was scared. “I didn’t think I was ready to be a dad,” he …

Sunday Stories: The Lawal Family’s Story

The Lawal Family wanted to provide their children with opportunities, so they moved to the U.S. They arrived in the United States from their home in Nigeria on temporary worker’s visas. After 6 months, they had overstayed their visas, but the United States offered their family so much opportunity and freedom, they decided to begin the path toward citizenship. Unfortunately, the …

Sunday Stories: Steve’s Story

Like many of his comrades in the military, Steve experienced great heartache and trauma while serving our country during the Vietnam War. After his deployment, he entered into a new battle—one for his mental health. He developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and turned to alcohol to cope. His alcoholism intensified quickly. His wife left him. He lost his job. He …

Sunday Stories: Ronnie’s Story

Ronnie struggled with severe drug abuse that left him homeless and HIV positive. He had given up all hope until he decided to seek help at a local drug rehabilitation center. There, he placed himself on the waiting list for The Home Place. When he successfully became drug-free, Catholic Charities had a room waiting for him. In addition to an …

Lisa Healy named new executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Lisa Healy as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Ms. Healy has been serving as interim executive director since the previous director, Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, took a position in Washington, D.C., in December 2017. Ms. Healy previously served as the chief operating officer of CCETN. …

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 …