A Place to Stay is a nonprofit partnering to end homelessness in Blount County, Tennessee.

A Place to Stay is a nonprofit working to end homelessness in Blount County, Tennessee.

Are you currently experiencing homelessness?

We want to end homelessness in Blount County.

Throughout our community, friends, neighbors, and co-workers are going through the devastating struggle of losing their homes. But we believe through compassionate support and respectful care, everyone in Blount County can have a place to call home.

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Through partnerships across our community, A Place to Stay is collaborating with supportive individuals, nonprofits, and organizations to provide a pathway to permanent, affordable housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

We are actively engaged in:

Pulling together resources from area nonprofits

Creating pilot projects

Providing help and support for neighbors experiencing homelessness

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Impact Stories

L: Karla Suszek, Executive Director of Good Neighbors; R:Sherrie, our Blount County Neighbor

Shine On!

Too many Blount Countians are being forced to live without housing due to a life-altering event, including job loss, death of a partner, illness, exorbitant rent increases, and more.  Meet Sherrie!  Sherrie connected to A Place to Stay for aid while working two full-time jobs and paying $1,400 per month to “live” in a motel room.  A former business owner and operator, Sherrie lost her business, her home, and many other assets after a series of life-altering events.  While living in a small hotel room, she walked daily to her job working in caregiving and food service until she twisted her ankle; a partnering agency provided Sherrie with a bike and helmet to ride to work. Many days Sherrie worked through sickness, unable to take time for healing due to lost wages. Then COVID-19 followed by another serious illness forced Sherrie to take time off, ultimately causing loss of both jobs. Together, Sherrie and A Place to Stay created a plan of care for her to become sustainable and self-sufficient.      Today, Sherrie serves as an AmeriCorps member for Good Neighbors; she also volunteers for A Place to Stay in a pilot program. Sherrie has emerged as a leader, and we are anxious to see the wonderful things she will do.  Shine on, Sherrie!

A Place to Stay literally saved Brian’s life.

     

     Brian was born and raised in Blount County. He has struggled with homelessness and alcoholism for many years. A Place to Stay met him when a Blount Memorial Hospital discharge planner called. Brian  was being discharged but could not be released to the street. Her concern was that he needed shelter for a week to recuperate. A Place to Stay paid for one week in a motel. Brian continued to drink. After that week , he went back to his tunnel. He was referred to the street outreach team.

     On October 16th APTS held their second Street Outreach Services (SOS)  Day at New Hope Baptist Church.  A street outreach volunteer picked Brian up so he could get a shower, haircut, a hot meal and clean clothes. When he arrived at the tunnel, Brian was passed out , covered in feces with nothing but a thin sheet covering his naked body. The volunteer was so shaken by the sight he began to cry, but he still got him dressed and brought him to the church. Brian was in poor health, in a wheelchair, and hadn’t eaten in days. A nurse who was volunteering that day cleaned him up and tried to help him eat. She quickly recognized he needed much more care than we could provide him that day. She asked us to call 911. An ambulance came and transported him to Blount Memorial Hospital.  A Place to Stay stayed in touch with Brian’s case worker at BMH where he was admitted to the intensive care unit in critical condition. He did not pass the swallowing test and needed a feeding tube but was too weak to have the procedure done. 

      APTS worked with the street outreach team to see if they could locate any family. They found his uncle who has been by his side ever since. Brian is now sober, sheltered, and  being taken care of by his uncle.  He is still in the hospital but is in good spirits. He will be discharged soon to a facility in Monroe County where he will get his dialysis and treatment.

    A Place to Stay literally saved Brian’s life.

 

What Can Change Your Life?

My wife and I had been living in our car. I had been stopped for driving without the proper license and fined hundreds of dollars. I worked construction for $14/hour until the fine was paid off and got another driver’s license. I had a job waiting for me as a truck driver if I had my CDL (commercial driver’s license) which cost $70. APTS was able to provide the funds for the license. I can only say,

“Thank you for changing my life.”

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