• Rotary Year: 2020-2021
  • Application Date: 7/31/2020
  • Club Name (Primary): Kingsport-Downtown
  • Club Name 2: Tri-Cities
  • Club Name 3: Kingsport
  • Club Name 4: Kingsport-Sunrise
  • Project Name: Area 13 Collaborative Grant - Isaiah 117 House Sullivan County, TN
  • Project Total Cost: $12,900.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,450.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Isaiah 117 House is currently constructing a new home located in Bluff City, TN. This home will be the fourth Isaiah 117 House in Tennessee to provide physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement. The Sullivan County, TN house will include bedrooms for boys and girls, living space, kitchen, restroom, a separate room to facilitate meetings with the parents, and a fenced backyard with a play set. The four Sullivan County Clubs in Area 13 have already pledged their support for this project, but as this project moved forward, there was a desire from all the Clubs to go beyond our initial commitment of providing a playset and fence and expand the project through a collaborative grant in a way that could include greater participation from our members. The objectives of this grant project are to provide and install the playset, provide and install a wooden fence to enclose the backyard area, provide indoor and/or outdoor furniture, and provide items to help stock the house. The following is a list of potential “Stock the House” items.

    • Clothes/shoes
    • Backpacks/bags
    • Stuffed animals, toys, coloring books, bubbles, etc.
    • Bedding
    • Toiletries
    • Towels
    • Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)

    Because this project is not strictly construction related, Rotarians and their family members that might not otherwise be capable of physically strenuous labor now have an opportunity to be involved by providing clothes, stocking shelves with supplies, and helping to create a warm and comforting environment for children in Sullivan County, TN who’ve experienced the trauma of being removed their home and family.
  • Expected Start Date: 9/1/2020
  • Expected End Date: 5/8/2021
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 3900
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: When children are removed from their homes out of the concern for their welfare, they are usually brought to the Department of Children's Services Offices to await placement with a foster family. This wait can be several hours to nearly a full day. These children often have nothing with them and are scared, lonely, hungry, and often in dirty clothing. Add to that the additional stress and uncertainty related to COVID-19 and the impact that has had and continues to have on families and the economy.

    Isaiah 117 wants to provide a comforting home where these children instead can be brought to wait - a place that is safe with friendly and loving volunteers who provide them clean clothes, smiles, toys, and snuggly blankets. This space will allow children to receive the comfort and care they need while DCS staff are able to complete the necessary paperwork and identify a good foster placement. There are currently 260 children in states custody just in Sullivan County, so the impact that this organization will have is tremendous.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 120
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): There will be several opportunities for hands-on participation with this project, including coordinating the purchase and delivery of site furnishings and fence materials with the owner and general contractor, purchasing “Stock the House” items, organizing work days, fence construction, stocking shelves/closets, and coordinating food for the volunteers. We anticipate multiple work days to accomplish these tasks.

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve tried to provide a variety of tasks that can be accomplished with small groups of volunteers or that can be done individually to minimize contact.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The publicity plan includes promoting our sponsorship through our own press releases to local media, media invitations to our volunteer work sessions to highlight Rotary’s work on the field, and promotion on each club’s Facebook page.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: None
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Downtown_Club_support_letter.pdf, Isaiah_House_Letter_Sunrise.pdf, Isaiah_117_support_letter_Rotary_Club_of_Kingsport.pdf, Tri_Cities_Club_support_letter.jpg, Isaiah_117_Letter.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload: K_DCG2015_Budget_Template_4.pdf
  • Primary Contact Name: Ambre Torbett
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Area 13 Assistant Governor
  • Primary Contact Email: planning@sullivancountytn.gov
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-943-2560
  • Financial Contact Name: Jake Hutchison
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Kingsport-Downtown Club President
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    1361 S Wilcox Dr
    Kingsport, TN 37660
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  • Financial Contact Email: jhutchison@bcscpa.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-863-2343
  • Project Authorization Form: Area_13_Signature_Authorization_Form_Collaborative_Grant.pdf