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Promoting Self-Sufficiency

Our Goals:

  • Individuals have and utilize fundamental life skills to achieve independence in daily living and become productive members of society.

  • Individuals gain and maintain employment.

  • Employers have access to an appropriately educated, accountable, and dependable workforce.

  • Individuals have access to transportation that is affordable, readily available, and easily accessible.

  • Individuals have the opportunity to gain secure, safe, and affordable housing.


Vision Council Initiatives



Life BRIDGE brings together education, training, and services to assist individuals who are focused on building responsibility, creating independence, exercising discipline, and growing personally and professionally with the ultimate goal of securing in-demand careers. 

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2018 Member Agency Programs

Family Promise of Greater Kingsport (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) - Family Self-Sufficiency Program: $19,000
Enhances the lives of homeless in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia by providing families with children temporary shelter and assistance so they may become self-sufficient.


Frontier Industries (Frontier Health) - Vocational Developmental Services Program: $54,440
Offers vocational, employment, residential, developmental, and community integration services to individuals who have developmental, emotional, and/or physical disabilities.


Hope Haven Ministries - Work Program:  $30,000

Provides emergency shelter and assistance to individuals so they may obtain gainful employment, build self sufficiency and break the cycle of homelessness.


Hope House - Fresh Start Program: $23,525

Offers support through walk-in services for pregnant women, new parents, and extended family members in our community who are in crisis concerning pregnancy, parenting, and providing basic needs for themselves and their young children.


Hope House - Restart Program: $23,525
Reaches out with love and support to moms and babies in our community with what they need to grow, succeed, and become self-sufficient.


John R. Hay House - Brown Annex for Males Program: $41,600
Provides adult, male offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated, a special needs facility featuring a highly structured residential treatment program.


John R. Hay House - Hosanna House for Females Program: $40,100
Provides adult, female offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated, a special needs facility featuring a highly structured residential treatment program. 


Literacy Council of Kingsport - Tutoring Program: $31,000
Helps adults and children improve their literacy skills and assists students in learning to speak and read English through one-on-one tutoring with trained volunteers.


Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Horses Empower Heroes Program: $9,500

Empowers veterans to gain self-sufficiency, emotional, and social growth through strength-based experiential unmounted equine-assisted activities and therapies.