The Restoration House is a nonprofit organization that helps restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through supportive transitional housing, ally teams, and family advocacy, TRH walks alongside low-income single-mother families, helping them break harmful cycles and regain hope and a future.

The Restoration House is building The Village, a community development project that will provide transitional housing for single-mother families in Knoxville, Tennessee. By sponsoring some of the needed items below (which you can do in honor or memory of someone), you can help make the Village a reality!  

Furnish a Living Area

Furnish a living area including:
end table
coffee table
dining table and chairs
floor lamp
table lamp

Microwave Oven


Furnish a Child's Room

Furnish a child's room with:
a bed/crib
chest of drawers
changing table
shelves for toys and books

Table Lamp


Dining Table


Light Fixture

Power a kitchen with the following appliances:
oven and stovetop
microwave oven

Leap of Faith

August, 2005

The Watsons purchased the property at 2329 Robinson Road to start what would become The Restoration House.

Planting the Seed

October, 2006

The Restoration House became an official organization chartered in the state of Tennessee.

Structural Roots

January, 2007

The first Board of Directors of The Restoration House was appointed. Daniel Watson was approved as the Executive Director and Mandy Watson transitioned to the part-time Program Coordinator position.

501(c)(3) Status

August, 2007

The Restoration House became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

First Family

November, 2007

After two years of tireless research to find out how they could best serve single-mother families in Knoxville, The Restoration House welcomed its first single-mother family into the program.

A Day in the Life

August, 2008

“A Day in the Life,” a free monthly event that gives people an opportunity to see the day-to-day struggles of a low-income single-mother family, was inaugurated.


February, 2009

The Knoxville Mentoring Initiative was founded in cooperation with TRH and five other local nonprofits to increase mentoring capacity and community involvement in mentoring programs.

Roots for Expansion

November, 2009

The Restoration House officially announced a new partnership, with Central Baptist Church of Bearden (CBCB), in the development of an expansion project for The Restoration House.

Strong Alliances

September, 2010

The Restoration House held its first partners’ luncheon with 60 people in attendance including 16 churches, 4 foundations, 10 board members and 20 other significant stakeholders.

40 Under 40

October, 2010

Daniel Watson was honored as one of Knoxville’s 40 Under 40 by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.
Read the article

Extreme Makeover

January, 2012

The Restoration House, including the Watson family residence and The Restoration House residences at Robinson Road, were the beneficiaries of a makeover from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The Village

May, 2012

The Restoration House purchased six acres on Robinson Road adjacent to the Watson residence to build The Village.

5 Year Anniversary

November, 2012

The Restoration House celebrates five years of serving single mothers and their children in Knoxville.

Village Groundbreaking

August 2013

The Restoration House breaks ground on The Village, a 24 unit community for single mother families.

Village Ribbon Cutting

June 2015

The Restoration House cuts the ribbon on Phase I of The Village, a community for single mother families.

New Season

Every year it feels like the holidays sneak up so quickly.  Not long after we put away our warm weather clothes do the leaves start to change and the air begins to feel crisp.  Before we can even grip onto our pumpkin spiced lattes, a rush of Christmas comes bounding in.  It comes with such quickness, that I almost want time to pause.  Just give me a little more time, Lord.  A little more time to enjoy this season that […]

A Huge Volunteer Victory!

After Saturday’s win against Georgia, you probably think I’m talking about the Big Orange!  Though that was definitely an awesome victory, I’m actually talking about a different type of volunteer teamwork that we’ve experienced since we’ve moved into The Village. Making the move to The Village has been exciting, for sure, but it’s also been a lot of work, much more work than we could possibly handle as a staff.  That’s where the incredible volunteer teamwork came into play!  These […]

The Heartbreak of Single Parenting in Poverty

It is almost impossible to imagine what it is like to live in poverty every day unless you’ve been there: when you are having to make decisions about whether to pay your rent or feed your children. When you cannot afford to heat your home during the winter months and you know you are sending your children to bed cold every evening. When you are living in poverty and have children to support and feed alone, every decision that you […]