East Tennessee non-profit changing lives in a humble way

Published: Jun. 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM EDT
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Harbours Gate officially started in 2012 with a mission to help fill the needs of families in our communities in a variety of ways.

Thomas Garner, the founder sold his home and turned his attention to serving others in East Tennessee as a, 'neighborhood peace corps,' taking the help to the frontline.

Harbours Gate works in the streets of our neighborhoods to build trust, relationships and bring hope to those dealing with several issues, anything from addiction to finances, family problems and more.

The heart of the programs is peer counseling and training. People are matched with others who have struggled with the same or similar issues in the past.

"We have left the ninety and nine to find the one, the one who is willing to work for change in their lives," said Garner. "Those ‘one’s’ then go out and spread the word and bring back five more. Those who feel too broken, abandoned and hopeless are the very ones whose lives are rebuilt into stronger and more productive members of our local communities."

Harbours Gate serves in Blount Co. and Knox Co. and is always looking for support, volunteers and help to continue their mission.

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