Two years ago, our community was presented with an opportunity to make a difference for women in East Tennessee. Today, I stand back, amazed at the countless volunteers, donors, interns, and educators who have believed in this mission with us. We see such a high rate of women in poverty in our country, which is no exception in Knoxville. In fact, Nearly 1 in 6 women in Tennessee (15%) live in poverty (a rate higher than 40 other states), according to census research by thinktennessee.org.
As a community of women who serve an almighty God, we know that hope and restoration are available to anyone who will receive it. We also understand that poverty is far more than just a financial concern. Poverty, in its most devastating state, becomes a mindset that can influence every decision in someone’s life. We want to set women who want to succeed up for success.
So, a small group of volunteers decided to take on a considerable task to present an opportunity for change, and the outpouring of love and support from East Tennessee has truly blown us away. In two years, we have helped 25 women with supportive housing. These women come from situations where they have aged out of foster care – to elderly women needing a safe place while they apply for benefits. Referrals have come from all over the country due to the uniqueness of our approach. Our biggest goal for housing is to keep the barriers as low as possible because so many women fall through the cracks. We hope to be the net that catches them as we support the great work already being accomplished.
In the last quarter of 2022, we ended big as we invited women in business to share future success with us. We have seen such an outstanding response! This all goes to show how strong our community is together. We serve a BIG God who is chasing after women who need hope.
This will be a year our community will not forget. After the countless hours of caring hands that have poured out to bring this program to life, we have ended 2022 as an official 501(c)3, recognized by the federal government as a nonprofit organization. Our success as a community has only just begun.
Founder and CEO