Eager to Impact More Lives True Purpose Ministries Growing Again

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Sherri McCarter
(615) 783-1361
Groundbreaking for Dane's House at True Purpose Ministries

Just outside Knoxville in East Tennessee there is a group of dedicated individuals determined to give men caught in the cycle of addiction and poverty a new purpose. True Purpose Ministries (TPM) currently provides outpatient as well as residential treatment programs that offers students the environment, counseling, and tools to gain freedom from addiction. With its Vocational Boot Camp, specializing in multiple disciplines in the construction industry, students gain skills and abilities for reintegration back into society as capable, hard-working, responsible workers.  Learning, commitment, accountability, responsibility, and discipline will not only help them remain clean and sober, but also enable them to gain and retain long-term employment.

TPM is acutely aware of the need that surrounds them and with the help of USDA Rural Development they currently have 3 residential houses that are filled with program students for up to 12 months, but citing statistics that show the percentage of individuals who remain committed to a drug free life style after 24 months skyrockets to approximately 90% they set their sights on building another residential facility dedicated to second year students and making room for new students.

Through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, USDA Rural Development awarded TPM a $438,800 direct loan and they recently celebrated by gathering at the site of  their new facility - Dane’s House. Dane’s House will allow TPM to work on a long-term basis with folks addicted to opioids and other substances increasing the student’s chance for successful life-long recovery.  The efforts of True Purpose Ministries in assisting those with addiction issues by giving them the tools for success is helping to attack the addiction crisis plaguing rural communities.


Fast Facts

Obligation Amount$432,300
Date of ObligationJanuary 2017
Congressional DistrictDistrict 2
Senator's Last NamesAlexander and Corker