How Does It Work?

Host Congregations

When needed, nighttime shelter is provided at a static site, where families sleep at the same location during their stay. Evening meals and hospitality are provided by volunteers from support churches in on-week intervals on a quarterly rotation.

Support Churches:

Bethel Presbyterian Church
Bible Biker Church
First Christian Church Oak Ridge
First Christian Church Rockwood
First Presbyterian Rockwood
First United Methodist Church Oak Ridge
Harriman Methodist Church
Kingston Church of Christ
Kingston United Methodist Church
Morrison Hill Christian Church
New Life Church of God
New Midway Baptist Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Speights Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
Victory Baptist Church
Williams Chapel


Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise; without them, it cannot exist. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight. Beyond providing lodging and meals, volunteers interact with the guests,
treating them with respect and responding with compassion.

Social Services Organizations

Local social service agencies refer families to Family Promise. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Since Family Promise is primarily comprised of volunteers, the social service agencies help assess potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems.