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, …

Day 4: Matt’s Story

Matt* is your typical 17-year-old male. What is atypical is his background. At four years old, he witnessed first hand his father murder a man. The subsequent arrest and imprisonment of his father left the family in poverty and without a positive role model. Matt, not surprisingly, had a difficult adolescence. His school history was littered with failing grades and …

Day 3: Joe’s story

Joe came to Samaritan Place in March 2017.  Before that, the 65-year-old  was living at a privately operated facility that was abruptly closed by the State of Tennessee for a variety of alleged health and safety violations. With fourteen residents, including Joe, about to be displaced, the state turned to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for assistance. It’s safe to …

Day 2: Will’s story

Will enjoys learning new things and pursuing his passions. He will proudly show off the picture he has of when he met George W. Bush while working for his campaign. “Ever since I could remember when I was growing up, I would campaign for political candidates that my family felt deserved support,” he said. But due to some health issues, …

Day 1: Tara and Victor’s story

Tara was pregnant with her second child. Her first pregnancy was fourteen years ago. Her life had changed drastically since then, and she wanted to be more involved with this pregnancy. When she and her fiancé, Victor, found out they were expecting, she made sure to get enrolled into the Pregnancy Help Center‘s Earn While You Learn program. Tara and …