impact our community
Monte Vista proudly partners with a number of local community organizations in an effort to serve those with the greatest needs. Let us help connect you as you seek to serve God by serving others.
Poverty and Hunger
Family Promise of Blount County
Family Promise of Blount County is one of over 150 affiliates of the National Family Promise organization, which has been serving homeless families for 20 years. The goal of Family Promise is to help homeless families find lasting employment and housing through a network of congregations and local resources within Blount County that provide overnight accommodations and meals to families on a week-to-week basis.
The Family Promise day center and offices are located at 1009 Middlesettlements Road, Maryville, TN 37801 (the former Bungalow Methodist Church.) They have many needs including volunteers to help in the office, clean the day center, and monetary. Also, as a part of Blount County’s network of churches, Monte Vista welcomes families into our facilities one week each quarter. Volunteers are needed at Monte Vista to help set up for the week, serve as evening and overnight hosts, and return the facilities to other ministry needs at the end of the week.
For more information contact Gary Vines at [email protected]
Heaven Sent Home
Starting in 2011, Heaven Sent Home provides temporary shelter for homeless men, women, and families. Monte Vista volunteers have provided help with facilities and grounds maintenance, as well as financial assistance. For more information contact Cathy Potter at 865-977-8882
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest serves as a distribution center offering donated and purchased food items to over 500 non-profit organizations in an 18-county service area. Their network of hunger-relief organizations feed 165,000 East Tennesseans with food from Second Harvest. Monte Vista volunteers assist in the collection of food and working in the warehouse preparing food for distribution. Here is a list of Second Harvest’s “Most Wanted” food items. For more information contact Second Harvest at 865- 243-8242.
Good Neighbors of Blount County
Good Neighbors provides resources to maintain and/or increase the ability of our neighbors to cope with the challenges of everyday life. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of love and respect, building partnerships through which Christ’s love can grow and by advocating for social justice within Blount County. Good Neighbors provides support through:
Listening and problem solving
Referrals to and networking with other agencies
Limited financial assistance
Monte Vista partners with Good Neighbors in meeting the financial needs of families in crises. For more information contact Lisa Blackwood at 865-681-5420.
Chilhowee Baptist Center
The Chilhowee Baptist Center is a shared ministry of the Baptist Churches in Blount County. Assistance is provided to under-resourced families through food, clothing, furniture, financial aid, and spiritual guidance.
Monte Vista has a long history with the Chilhowee Baptist Center. Volunteers work at the Center sorting and distributing clothes, food, and furnishings. We also collect food and clothing on an on-going basis. For more information contact Sue Myers at 865-981-2992.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity believes that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Through volunteer labor and donations, Habitat and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated more than 500,000 houses. A nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build together in partnership.
Monte Vista has helped build 15 houses in Blount County. Work crews continue to assist in the construction of Habitat homes. For more information contact Tony Gibbons at [email protected]unthabitat.org or 865-982-8714.
Trinity Dental Clinic
Trinity Dental Clinic opened its doors in 2006. The ministry provides basic dental care for low income, uninsured, and underserved adults. Their emphasis is primarily on emergency and urgent treatment needs. Monte Vista volunteers help staff the office, provide routine maintenance, clean the facilities, and provide financial assistance. For more information contact Dr. Ben Briley at 865 681-1870.
Social Justice and Women’s Issues
Pregnancy Resource Center
Since 1986, the Pregnancy Resource Center has helped women cope with unplanned pregnancies and consider their alternatives in a compassionate, supportive environment with the help of trained peer counselors. All services are confidential. Monte Vista has helped raise funds to support the ministry and has assisted in the upkeep of facilities. For more information contact 865-977-8378 or [email protected]
Haven House seeks to save and change lives through the intervention and prevention of domestic violence by offering 24-hour shelter, a crisis hotline, support services, and community awareness. Monte Vista has supported this ministry by providing financial assistance and behind-the-scenes support and resources to women caught in domestic crisis. For more information contact 865-983-6818.
Unplanned disasters require immediate attention. Volunteers at Monte Vista have responded to tornados, earthquakes, and acts of terrorism by providing needed resources as well as on-site work. For more information contact the church office at 865-982-6070.
English as a Second Language
Learning to read English has opened the doors of opportunity for many people who have moved to the United States. ESL has helped people find jobs, enroll in school, and even obtain a driver’s license. For more information contact Loretta Denson at 865-984-1740.