Catholic Charities Parent Place finds new home at Helen Ross McNabb

Parent Place, a service of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, has found a new home at the Helen Ross McNabb Center.

Effective Oct. 1, the Helen Ross McNabb Center added Parent Place to its continuum of care.
Parent Place provides supervised visitation for children and their non-custodial parents, grandparents or other relatives. Families are referred to Parent Place by the court system, Department of Children’s Services, family therapists, attorneys, and various community agencies, with some families self-referring.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee has provided the visitation service to the East Tennessee community for nearly 14 years. The program serves approximately 135 families each year.
Catholic Charities of East Tennessee continually evaluates its services for improvements and identifies ways it can best serve the community. Through this process, Catholic Charities determined that partnering with HRM would allow Parent Place to expand services to better provide for the needs of clients.
“Parent Place is a good service but it can be better if provided within the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s comprehensive set of services,” said Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee executive director.

“We won’t let any program go unless it is going to the right place and we feel that the Helen Ross McNabb Center is the right place,” Sister Mary Christine added.
Families served by Parent Place now will have access to additional supportive services under the umbrella of one organization. The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides additional services like family therapy, parent education and case management that encourages and supports healthy families in East Tennessee.
“The goal of Parent Place fits nicely into the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s mission and will increase our ability to provide wrap-around services to children and families in our community. We are pleased to collaborate with Catholic Charities of East Tennessee to provide greater access to care for those served by Parent Place,” Jerry Vagnier, Helen Ross McNabb Center president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Parent Place, currently located in North Knoxville at 119 Dameron Ave., will relocate to the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s John Tarleton Campus at 2455 Sutherland Ave. The phone number for Parent Place will remain the same, 865-544-0577. Current Parent Place staff has the option to remain with the program as employees of the Helen Ross McNabb Center.

Empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee addresses the unmet needs of the most vulnerable of our region by providing shelter, nourishment, counseling and education in order to foster human dignity. CCETN provides services to anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of race, income or religion. Fewer than 5 percent of all clients served are Catholic.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the center celebrates more than 65 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple: “Improving the lives of the people we serve.”

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