July 15, 2014
Twice a year, our monthly Family Enrichment Program shakes things up a little bit and hosts a Family Reunification Retreat in lieu of monthly group. Saturday morning, 9 of our clients were joined by 35 guests to enjoy a time of food and fellowship sponsored by our friends at The Village Chapel. Clients were able to experience time with their support systems while clean and sober, something some of our clients have not done in many years or, possibly, never before. Whether it was a mother reunited with her children or a daughter being embraced by her father, there were ample amounts of heart warming moments during our couple of hours together. Even though we traded in our curriculum packets for freshly grilled hamburgers, our words were still filled with encouragement, support, and hope.
Special thanks to the men from The Village Chapel for their exemplary service to us on Saturday. They were shining examples of what it means to be the body of Christ to the women we serve and their support systems.
July 11, 2014
We at The Next Door celebrate the life of John Seigenthaler and grieve his passing with his family, community and nation. Mr. Seigenthaler was a champion for women needing a fresh start and a second chance. His generosity was profound.
Over the years, The Next Door received honorariums from Mr. Seigenthaler’s speaking engagements across the country. He would encourage the organizations to give his honorarium to causes he supported. The notation on the check would read, “in honor of John Seigenthaler.” The Next Door’s Board, staff team and clients will forever honor and be grateful for Mr. Seigenthaler and his legacy of generosity, service and friendship.
(Photo by John Guider via nashvillearts.com)
July 9, 2014
On Saturday, June 21st, TND Knoxville held their 2nd Annual Summer Picnic for Family Enrichment Program (FEP) & Lifetime Recovery Management (LRM) participants and their families. Volunteers from Ignition Church ran the event, serving food and providing great fun and games for all of the kids. There was face painting, yard games, water games, and a even bouncy house. Between volunteers, staff, residents, previous residents and their families, we had 75 people in attendance! We are very thankful the event went so well and that we were able to provide this fun opportunity for our clients.
A special thank you to Ignition Church for hosting our picnic so well this year! Your excitement and love for service is truly inspiring. Our residents and families have not stopped talking about how much fun they had! Thank you for leading and engaging everyone and for working out all of the logistics! We appreciate you all so much! More information about Ignition Church: www.ignitionchurch.com
July 8, 2014
We’re just over a month away from our move date! Our beautiful new home is getting its finishing touches and we are watching with great anticipation! We cannot wait to be in our new Community for Women where we will double our capacity and expand our programs!
To learn more about the Community for Women and how you can be a part of it, please visit www.morelivesmorehope.com.
July 7, 2014
The Next Door Chattanooga recently received a gift of $10,000 from the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation in support of the Correctional Release Center. The Correctional Release Center focuses on bringing lasting change to the lives of female felony offenders, their families and the communities of East Tennessee.
The Weldon F. Osborne Foundation has a long history of providing grants to the community, education and the arts in the greater Chattanooga area. For more information, please visit the foundation’s website.
June 24, 2014
EthicsDaily.com’s documentary Through the Door highlights the faith community’s engagement in prisons and features several organizations that work directly with prisons, including The Next Door. Through the Door is set to air on Soul of the South network in August.
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