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.


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.

The Value of Staying on the Journey

I’ve been involved with a lot of different ministries over my lifetime.  I’ve enjoyed providing a meal for a family that’s recently had a baby, helping serve food at a homeless shelter, painting a building for a ministry, teaching English overseas and so on.  I’ve also been involved in long-term ministry where I’ve had to commit my time on an ongoing basis, had to learn another language and culture, or had to take my time building relationships with someone who […]

We Need Women

That quote that I had read somewhere, at some point, by someone, unexpectedly crept it’s way back into mind as I sat watching and listening to our TRH moms, allies, and staff during our annual retreat a few weekends ago. As women we often don’t do a very good job of loving one another well. Not always intentionally of course. Besides the insecurities we all seemed plagued with on different levels, the gaps that exist when we don’t let – […]


I’ve always thought I did empathy well until I watched the video below. I realize this is giving a lot of credit to Brené Brown, but we need to give credit where credit is due. I have been learning this lesson this past week. I have learned where I should have used empathy, I used blame. The bad and broken part of me blamed the person for not doing things the way I expected them to do. I never communicated […]