Bearden church member helps to house, feed homeless

Bearden church member helps to house, feed homeless

Leigh Cheek

By UT Communications & Marketing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 12, 2016) Leigh Cheek is a detail person.

As compliance officer for the UT System’s Office of Institutional Compliance, Cheek helps to ensure that all of the UT campuses are complying with the details of regulations governing research, campus safety, students, and other matters.

Outside of work, Cheek helps homeless families attend to life’s most pressing details -- food and shelter.

For nearly fifteen years, Cheek has volunteered with Family Promise of Knoxville.

Family Promise is a national organization that unites churches in an area to provide nonemergency housing to families with children who have lost their homes. The churches open their doors to house four to five families for a week at a time. Families tend to stay in the system for one to three months while getting back on their feet.

“My church, Bearden United Methodist, is part of a local network of twelve churches that provide overnight accommodations and a few other churches that provide volunteers,” Cheek said. “Once a quarter we turn our Sunday school rooms into bedrooms for a week and feed our guests dinner for the week. Other churches in the network provide additional volunteers.”


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