By Melanie Tucker/ The Daily Times
ALCOA, Tenn. (Jan. 1, 2017) -- Kathi Parkins serves as executive director of Family Promise of Blount County. The nonprofit opened its doors in 2008 with 25 churches on board to provide a place for these families to stay and the volunteers needed to make that happen.
Today, there are 32 Blount County churches involved and 1,100 trained volunteers. There is a staff of seven that implements each of the programs.
Offices and the day center are located at Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, but not for much longer. Parkins said Family Promise has outgrown the space that Green Meadow has graciously supplied since day one. It’s time to move on and grow again.
“This is shared space,” Parkins explained. “We share this space with two congregations. Three people are sharing that one office. We have just outgrown this space Green Meadow has given and they have given every inch they have.”
For months now, Family Promise has been in search of a place to call its own. A place where adequate office space can be located in an area away from the everyday distractions in the day center. A place where a welcoming reception area can greet program participants. A place that looks more like home.
That location is Bungalow United Methodist Church near the former Bungalow School which was also the former location of Pellissippi State Community College. Family Promise has entered into a long-term agreement with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church to lease the vacant building for $1 per year.