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.


2023 Member Agency Programs

Hope House - Fresh Start Program: $22,944
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: $22,500
Reaches out with love and support to moms and babies in our community with what they need to grow, succeed, and become self-sufficient.

Family Promise of Greater Kingsport (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) - Family Self-Sufficiency Program: $18,300
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.

Literacy Council of Kingsport - Tutoring Program: $ 40,000
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
Promotes the recover, stability and self-sufficiency of veterans by assisting with the transition from mere survival-mode into resiliency and hope through trauma-focused, relationship-rich, equine-assisted activites and therapies (EAAT)

Vision Council Initiatives


The United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) has long supported homeless-serving organizations, from nationally-recognized Salvation Army and Family Promise to Frontier Health's domestic violence shelter, Safe House, to most recently adding Hope Haven, a local homeless shelter for both men and women. Both UWGK and the City of Kingsport share a common vision of a safe and compassionate Kingsport that offers a well-resourced path to self sufficiency for individuals experiencing homelessness. This common vision led to the creation of the Kingsport Homeless Coalition.

To learn more, visit their page here