Sandra signed her lease last month! She has experienced homeless since 2019 and lived in her vehicle the majority of that time while trying to maintain stable employment. For the last several months, Sandra stayed at The Foyer while working with the United Way Of Greater Knoxville HouseKnox program and her Case Manager at CAC. With support from her church family, Sandra’s hard work and patience finally paid off. Welcome home Sandra!


A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and the Bearden Boys Soccer Team! Both partnered together to put together special bags for Minvilla Manor residents. Each bag was filled with new socks, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, chap stick, combs, pencils, notepads, snacks, and a personalized note for each resident at Minvilla. Photos feature Kathryn Ann Holt and Allison Fleetwood from Cedar Springs Pres. and case managers Dustin Heffner and Sid Dingman.


In response to the pandemic, the Bush Family Refuge created “curbside service”, to safely serve our neighbors in need. The Refuge continues to be there for those struggling with homelessness and on average serves 18 neighbors a day in two hour time slots Mon – Fri . Rain, shine or snow Refuge Director, Christy Smith, meets with neighbors on the porch outside our building to assist with a variety of needs, such as TN ID replacements, birth certificates, homeless letters, clothing, mail, and rent/ utility assistance.


Darlene signed a lease last week! She has been working with VMC’s Resource Center for over a year to achieve housing, so patience was key to her achievement. The hair dryer Darlene is holding was gifted to her by Resource Center staff. She used it often in the Resource Center and always told them how much she liked it, so they wanted to surprise her when she moved in! Her birthday is this week, so this was a great gift!