The Restoration House (TRH), an organization supporting single-mother families and their children through supportive transitional housing, ally teams, and family advocacy, will soon be able to support significantly more families, helping them break harmful cycles and regain hope and a future.
After two years of planning and fundraising, the organization announced the groundbreaking for Phase Two of The Village, a restorative community that will ultimately include 24 units and a community center for the low-income, single-mother families. It will enable TRH to impact 140 to 160 single mothers and 280 to 320 children over the next 10 years.
The groundbreaking celebration will be held Thursday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. at The Village site located at 2205 Village Place Way in Knoxville. Guests are encouraged to attend to learn about the vision and take a tour. Light refreshments will also be available.
To complete the new phase of The Village, TRH is once again partnering with Alcoa-based general contractor Hickory Construction. This phase will add up-to 18 new units across three buildings which include 12 two-bedroom units, 2 three-bedroom units and 4 four-bedroom units. Each unit will have a living area, dining area, kitchen and laundry closet. Units range from 1,042 square feet to 1,500 square feet.
“We’re excited to begin Phase Two of The Village with The Restoration House,” said Hickory Construction COB Burke Pinnell. “This is a valuable project for the community that will enable TRH to serve significantly more single-mother families in need of the services and housing TRH provides. We look forward to breaking ground on this project.”
Single-mother families live at The Restoration House for up-to two years, and pay 30% of their income toward rent and utilities. During this time, each mother focuses on career development and a path to self-reliance. All mothers are continually engaged in financial literacy training, financial coaching and, through Home Federal Bank, are able to participate in a 3:1 matched savings program with an Individual Development Account. The Restoration House also partners with community resources for job training, counseling, life skills, physical fitness, child enrichment activities and other services.
The Restoration House received a national spotlight in 2012 when the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” selected their West Knoxville location for a major renovation. Following this renovation, founders Daniel and Mandy Watson sought to continue their vision and address the growing number of single mothers in need of help.
“The dream of The Village is continuing to expand,” said Daniel Watson, who also serves as Executive Director. “We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to help so many more single mother families change their future while experiencing restoration in their core relationships. The families at The Restoration House inspire us each and every day with their grit, determination, and unending love for one another.”
For more information on the groundbreaking event and to register to attend, visit trhgroundbreaking.eventbrite.com. To learn more and get involved with The Restoration House, visit therestorationhouse.net.