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 …

Day 7: Sarah’s story

The tears rolled down Sarah’s chubby little cheeks. Huge, crocodile tears, tears of confusion and fear. Every day was the same. From the moment she woke up those tears would well up, her wide eyes questioning. What do you say to a child who has been taken from her home? How do you soothe her fears? These are the questions …

Day 6: Nathan’s story

The 2010 flood in Nashville was devastating for many people, including Nathan. When the waters of the Cumberland River spilled over, Nathan’s lower floor apartment and all of his personal belongings were destroyed. Nathan was left just the clothes on his back. With no other options, he returned to his hometown of Chattanooga. A family rift prevented Nathan from seeking …

Day 5: Caryle’s story

Caryle was disabled and suffering from depression. The isolation of his rural rental home in Thorn Hill kept him from forming any close connections. His family was far away in Texas. He had constant thoughts of killing himself. Caryle describes his life at that point as “upside down.” When a friend put him in touch with Horizon House in Maryville, …