Helping People when they need it most
The Storehouse was established in 1984 and is operated by all volunteers on a rotating basis by 11 congregations. The Storehouse accepts, stores, and distributes almost every type of household good - essentially everything a person would need to set up a small living quarters, except food and clothes. Most of the clients served by the Ecumenical Storehouse live in Anderson County, but clients also come from Roane, Campbell, Morgan, Scott and other area counties. Knox County residents needing help should contact Knox Furniture Ministry or Angelic Ministries, similiar ministries to the Storehouse but located in Knoxville.
Many of the clients are from among the vast number of Appalachian poor in the area; others have lost everything in a fire or storm; still others find themselves in abusive situations and need emergency assistance to establish a new home. All are in need, and they have nowhere else to turn for the service the Storehouse provides.
Clients must be referred by a government or social services agency with knowledge of their situation. Clients are served regardless of race, faith, gender, or handicap.
In 2022 the Storehouse ministered through the distribution of about $179,000 of used household goods to 288 families with 793 members, including 361 children, during 356 visits to the Storehouse. Based on the early data for 2023, we expect this to rise about 20% for 2023, as Covid restrictions ease and more clients come to the Storehouse for help. While helping those in need, this ministry has also kept thousands of pounds of re-useable household goods out of dumps, making it a very 'green' operation.
The Ecumenical Storehouse, Inc., is a member of the United Way of Anderson County and receives funds from that organization, grants from other agencies, and donations of household goods and funds from local churches and individuals.