“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.”
Shepherd’s House has provided housing for thousands of homeless individuals serving over 100,000 meals.
Shepherd’s House is the only homeless facility in Coffee, Franklin, Moore, Grundy, and Warren counties (population 150,000).
In the winter of 1999, the state of Tennessee was hit hard by a severe ice storm that blanketed much of the Southeast. In Tullahoma, a homeless individual slept in his car and died from exposure to the frigid temperatures because there was nowhere to go. As a result of this unfortunate tragedy, the residents of Tullahoma vowed this would never happen again. The momentum for a new facility was now in place and a short time later Shepherd’s House became reality. In December 1999, an anonymous resident of Tullahoma donated a house located at 712 First Ave North, Tullahoma, TN. The beginning of operations was the following month in January 2000. During the past 14 years, Shepherd’s House has provided housing for thousands of homeless individuals and served over 100,000 meals.
Why We Serve…
“Everyone is beautiful in their own way.”
- To provide a home with a family type environment that promotes hope in the future for the person that has lost all hope. We minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of people who are hurting and alone.
- To teach that all individuals are to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of education, ethnic group, circumstances or beliefs.
- To show responsibility through assigning daily chores, requiring a daily job search, and performing community service work. Laziness is unacceptable. No handouts.
- To fill an unmet need. Shepherd’s House is the only homeless facility in Coffee, Franklin, Moore, Grundy, and Warren counties (population 150,000).
How We Serve
- Provide emergency and transitional housing, food, and clothing.
- Devotions, Bible Study and prayer (voluntary).
- Provide a positive spiritual environment that gives hope.
- Transportation for job interviews, work, medical appointments.
- Bus Tickets to Nashville Rescue Mission or treatment facilities.
- Referral for domestic abuse, mental illness, and addictions, to specialized treatment facilities.
- Help with housing, job search, disability applications and referrals.
- Provide basic furniture and accessories to move into permanent housing.
- Meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless.
- An eight member board of directors that oversee and give guidance.
- A full time director who manages all aspects of the facility and accompanying resident needs.
- Community volunteers that provide labor and materials for building projects. Individuals, Businesses, Churches, Civic Organizations that donate food, clothing, and supplies.
- A home with all the amenities; bedrooms, living room, washer/dryer, kitchen.
What Was Accomplished
- Numerous resident found jobs, moved into an apartment of their own, and became responsible and independent.
- Individuals not accepted were referred to specialized facilities for alcohol/drug addiction.
- Transportation provided to job interviews, medical appointments, and GED classes.
- Provided food and clothes for Non-residents.
- Paid for motel rooms (emergency basis only).
Would you like to become part of the fundraising effort? Contact Tom Ryals, Director, Shepherds. House.931-393-4818.