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Group finds solution after hearing several children sleeping in Sevier Co. DCS office with no place to go

Children who visit The Isaiah 117 House will spend about 24 hours at the temporary home before they are placed in a foster home.
Published: Apr. 17, 2021 at 8:37 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Multiple children slept at the Sevier County Department of Children’s Services office last week with no permanent place to call home. The Isaiah 117 House, a place for children who are put in the state’s custody with nowhere to go, is being built in the county to help solve this problem.

The group broke ground on land donated to them Friday for the project they hope will be built within the next six months.

“It’s just a gravel lot right now on print street organizers of Isaiah 117 House hope that there’s a house bill here in just six months.”

The goal of this new Isaiah 117 House is to provide temporary shelter and safety to children who live in Sevier County.

“These are kids who go to the Boys and Girls Club with our kids and our grandkids here in town, the kids that go to church with our kids and the kids that go to class with our children. So, there’s not a discrimination, it doesn’t discriminate zip code,” said April Gillispie with the Isaiah 117 House.

The dream that started in 2019 will soon be a reality with the help of generous donations from the community totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Community members said they saw a need and wanted to make a difference in the lives of these children.

“And you cry and you laugh and you praise God and it’s, it just blows your mind Sevier County is full of such generous givers and time and time again, we just continue to see that with all of the giving that we have received,” said Mallory Griffin with the Isaiah 117 House.

Children who visit The Isaiah 117 House will spend about 24 hours at the temporary home before they are placed in a foster home.

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