2014 Bed Race Festival
Come join us as we partner with our community to raise awareness and money to help fight homelessness in Bradley County. This community event is one for the whole family so come on out for the parade, silent auction, food, door prizes, crafts and most importantly….the BED RACE!
When: Saturday, September 20th
Where: Greenway Park at Raider Drive
For more information on the event please contact: Diana Whittle at 423-650-4106
About Family Promise
Mission: Responds to the growing need to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families.
Vision: A nation in which every family has a home, livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.
What is homelessness?
Homelessness is being without a safe warm place to eat, sleep,and care for children, living without the security of familiar people and belongings. These parents endure the heartache of being unable to provide a secure environment for their children, which make up 46 percent of our nation’s homeless population.
Does Bradley County have a homeless problem?
It is difficult to obtain an accurate homeless census. However, information released from the U.S. Census Bureau 2010 report on poverty shows that Bradley County has a population of 96,764 people. 22,190 of those people are living below the poverty level, and 7,424 of those are children. So yes, we do have a homeless problem but we believe with your help we can work together to combat homelessness in Bradley County.
Who do we help?
We target motivated families who are without a home who are ready and willing to work to change their lives. Families must go through a rigorous screening process before they are admitted into the program. We receive referrals from community resources, churches, school guidance counselors, friends, and family.
How does the program work?
Guests arrive at the host congregation at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers welcome the families home, eat dinner family style, and fellowship with the guests. Overnight hosts arrive just before bedtime for introductions and sleep at the church in case of an emergency. Each family is given a room that has been transformed into a home. Volunteers have a room to themselves as well. Everyone is up and out the door by 7 a.m. the next morning. However, on Saturday the families sleep in, not leaving until 10 a.m. Throughout the week and on the weekend, the Day Center is available to the guests as needed. The Case Manager meets with families regularly and works to empower the adults to overcome obstacles
Download the Family Promise of Bradley County Brochure (printable pdf) for more information.
We’d love for you to visit
Our Day Center is located at 1110 Norman Chapel Road.