Domestic Violence Shelter
The Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center is the area’s only shelter dedicated solely to serving victims of domestic violence. By providing a crisis hotline, emergency shelter care, transitional housing, advocacy and outreach to women and families experiencing domestic violence, Helen Ross McNabb Center is improving lives in the community. In 2013, Helen Ross McNabb Center merged with Child & Family East Tennessee and took over operations of the shelter. The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation kicked off a $1.5 million campaign to build a new and expanded domestic violence shelter, w which opened in 2016.
In addition to financial support by the Knox County government, this program receives strong community support. Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation provides annual funding for positive male mentors to children living in the shelter. The Junior League of Knoxville, which established the shelter’s Personal Development Center, also continues to support the shelter through financial and volunteer contributions.