Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc. (CCETN)

PROVIDING HELP | CREATING HOPE

aka CCETN   |   Knoxville, TN   |  www.ccetn.org

Mission

CCETN provides social services to East Tennessee communities, and as a member of Catholic Charities USA, is part of one of the largest social service agencies in the United States. Empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ, CCETN fosters human dignity of the vulnerable through shelter, counseling, education, advocacy, and reverence for life. CCETN provides services to anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Clients range in age from newborn to old-age and come from the East Tennessee region. We estimate that fewer than 5% of clients are Catholic, with the only common feature being a vast majority are low-income or in many cases, "very" low-income.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Healy

Main address

119 Dameron Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37917 USA

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EIN

62-1377551

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Columbus Home Assisting Parents (C.H.A.P)

Our Columbus Home Assisting Parents (C.H.A.P.) program, using a direct, in-home approach, reduces the impact of child abuse in East Tennessee by working with families and providing resources that help create secure environments. Our C.H.A.P. program leaders mentor and support parents by providing educational materials, teaching parenting/coping skills, and directing them to additional community resources. With C.H.A.P, our goal is to empower parents with the skills, resources, and knowledge they need so that stressful moments never turn into abuse.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Parents

Open 24-hour/365 days per year, CES is a haven for children (birth to 17 years of age) removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse. With CES, children can stay with us for up to ten days while a next of kin is located. During this time, the children are not yet in the state’s custody and therefore cannot be placed in foster or group homes.

CES aims to ease the jarring transition that comes from being taken from ones home due to abuse allegations. It is also our goal to assist the Juvenile Courts in keeping children out of state’s custody, if at all, and placing them with relatives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Out-of-home youth
Victims of crime and abuse

Samaritan Place provides shelter for seniors in crisis. Oftentimes, seniors arrive at SAM having been the victim of theft, emotional, or physical abuse. In addition to shelter, we offer intensive case management to each senior we support. Not only is Samaritan Place the only housing program providing emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for seniors in Knoxville – it’s one of only 12 programs in the United States offering seniors a complete continuum of care from emergency to independent housing. From the moment a senior arrives at Samaritan Place, they receive food and shelter, unwavering support, and assistance in accessing resources that help them regain control of their life.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Victims of crime and abuse
Retired people
Veterans

Horizon Houses 1 & 2 and Five Rivers House provide permanent supportive housing for adults with chronic and severe mental illness. Catholic Charities staff provide non-medical case management services to residents. The goal of the program is to allow clients to be as independent as possible within a safe and home-like environment. Our adult group home residents benefit from residential neighborhood settings; each home features up to 8 private bedrooms. Horizon and Five Rivers' group homes are in Knoxville, Maryville, and Morristown.

Population(s) Served
Chronically ill people

Much like our other community supportive housing programs, The Home Place is a residential facility that provides a stable environment and intensive case management services for individuals who are homeless or with limited income and are living with HIV/AIDS. We’ve been operating this Chattanooga-based program since 1997. With partnerships with public transportation, hospitals, and local doctor’s offices – the Home Place allows our residents to be as independent as possible while living within an environment that is conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. After six months at the Home Place, all residents have an undetectable HIV viral load.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
People with HIV/AIDS

Crazy Quilt Friendship Center, located near Jellico, TN, includes emergency assistance programs, summer programs, as well as a food pantry. For years it has been a sustaining resource for the poverty-stricken Newcomb area. Every three months, recipients are eligible to receive assistance with utility payments as well as fully stocked, family-size food boxes. During the summer, Crazy Quilt’s Mountain Arts Program provides creative programming for children ages 5 to 15. The four-day M.A.P. program includes a nutritious lunch each day and each participant receives shoes, clothing, and classroom supplies for the coming school year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Children and youth

Born out of the hardships presented by the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, HOPE Kitchen is CCETN’s community-wide food assistance program that provides immediate resources such as hot meals, sanitary supplies, and clothing to our neighbors who experience homelessness and/or are food insecure. At varying times of the month, rain or shine, CCETN staff, and community volunteers gather to pass out and deliver supplies to these vulnerable members of our community. In partnership with the Diocese of Knoxville parishes.

HOPE Kitchen currently includes two locations:
• HOPE Kitchen at Holy Ghost Church (Knoxville)
• HOPE Kitchen at Immaculate Conception Church in support of Summit Towers (Knoxville)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

The goal of our Pregnancy Help Centers (PHCs) is to empower parents who are in low-income situations with the education and resources that will help lead to self-sustained parenting and provision for their child(ren).

With services spanning from the initial pregnancy test through a child’s second birthday, our PHCs are a present help to couples and parents throughout their pregnancy and parenthood. Our Earn While You Learn model through BrightCourse allows clients to take parenting courses that are redeemable for infant and toddler necessities. Not only can clients use their course credits to redeem items like food, clothing, and toys, but larger items such as cribs, mattresses, and car seats are also available.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Parents
Pregnant people

Our Office of Immigrant Services provides low and pro-bono legal services to our immigrant and refugee neighbors throughout East Tennessee. As a Department of Justice recognized law office, OIS offers legal assistance with:
• Family Reunification and Petitions
• Naturalization and Citizenship
• Immigration Petitions for Victims of Crime (VOCA)
• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Initials and Renewals
• Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
• Green Cards (including asylees and refugees)

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

The goal of our Counseling Services is to build upon personal strengths and development to help clients achieve their interpersonal well-being goals. 50-minute in-person and telehealth counseling sessions are available to adult individuals and couples who experience marital issues, anxiety, depression, grief, stress management, and faith/spirituality issues.

All fees for counseling services are based on a sliding scale with consideration to the client’s household income and other variables.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Inc. (CCETN)

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Antoin (Tony) Mardini, M.D.


Board co-chair

Mr. Barrett Simonis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable