The administrative offices of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee are now under one roof again – and there is now more room at Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Place shelter for homeless seniors.
Bishop Richard F. Stika on Feb. 5 blessed the new CCETN offices at 119 Dameron Ave. in North Knoxville and offered prayers for the continued positive impact the agency has on East Tennessee. He was surrounded by some 60 supporters of the Diocese of Knoxville social-services agency, including Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
Deacon Sean Smith, chancellor of Diocese of Knoxville, also offered prayer for the agency and Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, welcomed the guests and explained the purpose of blessing new facilities.
Catholic Charities’ administrative offices had been located inside Samaritan Place at 3009 Lake Brook Blvd., a facility that provides emergency, transitional, and long-term supportive housing for seniors.
The move to Dameron Avenue, which was completed in November, was made possible when the Parent Place program was transferred last year from CCETN to the Helen Ross McNabb social-services agency. Parent Place is a program that provides supervised visitation for children and their non-custodial parents, grandparents or other relatives.
With the vacant space at its Dameron Avenue location, Catholic Charities was able to add several offices and meeting space. And with the vacant space at its Lake Brook Boulevard site, Catholic Charities will be able to provide housing to 12 more people.
“Being at our Dameron Avenue location allows us to be closer to our partner agencies and the clients whom we serve. It also allows us to function as an office without imposing upon the residents of Samaritan Place,” said Carrie McConkey, director of development for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.