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.
 

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.

Mentoring

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.
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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.

Village Community Building Completion

June 2015

Staff from TRH, A Hand Up for Women, and Emerald Youth Foundation’s on-site Just Lead program move into their offices.

First families move into The Village

July 2015

Six families move into the first residential building at The Village and begin The Restoration house program.

Just a Smile

Sometimes we don’t realize how much just a smile and simple hello can mean to the person receiving it. On your routine morning stop at your local Kroger Starbuck’s for coffee, you say hello with a smile to an older gentleman sitting at a table having his morning coffee while reading the news on his iPad. Since this is your daily routine, the gentleman becomes more familiar and the two of you start engaging in a little small talk. Over […]

Receiving Well

Our staff enjoys reading books together as a way of continuing education. We are currently reading through The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. This week’s chapter was titled The Art of Receiving. The chapter begins by asking if you’ve ever been in a one-sided relationship, one where you are the giver.  Maybe it is a situation you’ve taken on to try to help someone in need.  Often we jump into these relationships with gusto, looking forward […]

Patriot Threads

Patriot Threads LLC was founded by a 17 year-old student named Brady Fernandes. Raised in the South, Brady saw a need in the marketplace for high-quality classic Southern style clothing with a patriotic flair. It was really very simple: he wanted to take all the modern design elements of today’s youthful trends and tie these in with his love of Country, Southern tradition and an outgoing lifestyle to create an iconic brand that you would be proud to wear. This became the brand Patriot Threads. Brady […]