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Heartwarming and life-changing stories from A Hand UP for Women.

Finding Friendships That Last a Lifetime

August 22nd, 2023|

Friendship is often referred to as the backbone of life. Unlike family, you can choose your friends. At Hand UP for Women friendship is at the forefront of the ministry. Before Karla Johnson applied to be a program participant, she met Alisha Vasquez through Knox Recovery Court. The two befriended [...]

Earning Freedom Back

July 15th, 2023|

July is a month we’re reminded of our freedoms. To live in the United States of America is a blessing for many people, including Krystal Brown. Though she’s faced challenges, the Hand UP for Women graduate knows the importance of having rights and exercising them, including voting. “Your vote does [...]

Transforming From a Tax-Taker to Taxpayer

June 20th, 2023|

Knoxville native, Joy Bright credits the Knox County non-profit  Hand UP for Women for helping her go from being a drain on the tax system to a tax-paying citizen contributing to the greater good. Bright was on disability for eight years after a serious car accident that altered her life forever. She was injured so badly that [...]

Putting “Mom” back in Mother’s Day

April 28th, 2023|

Mother's Day can be a difficult holiday for many women, especially those who have lost custody of their children. However, their biggest hope is to celebrate the day and put "Mom" back in Mother's Day. Staff at Hand UP for Women say one of the main motivators women participate in [...]

The story behind the Inaugural Angels and Axles Fundraiser

April 11th, 2023|

Hand UP for Women’s inaugural fundraiser, Angels and Axles Car Show and Bake Sale, has a unique backstory of how this event was created. In 2018,  Knoxville Police Officer, B.K. Hardin was ambushed after a UT football game. He was directing traffic when someone used a hammer to attack him. [...]

Hand UP for Women Gala to Reflect on 20 Years of Transformation from a Servant’s Heart

March 14th, 2023|

In preparing for this year’s gala, Executive Director Eva Piece reflects on the women whose lives have been transformed. There are at least 100 ladies whom she feels have “profoundly changed,” because of the Christian-based program. It’s these Christian principles that guide women in becoming self-sufficient and financially independent regardless [...]

Discovering Self-Love Through the Eyes of Christ

February 7th, 2023|

How often do you say the three little words “I love you” to yourself? Perhaps, not enough. Self-love is a phrase that runs around society’s social media platforms, but often we don’t take the steps to make it a priority. Krystal Brown was one of those women before she found [...]

Hope and the holidays: Christmastime at A Hand UP for Women

December 19th, 2022|

The holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys in life and to reflect on all the things there are to be thankful for, but for women in need, the spirit of the season can be a difficult time of year. “Most of them can't look back fondly and [...]

Hand UP for Women Graduate Explains Holiday Hardship for Women in Need

November 14th, 2022|

What’s supposed to be the happiest time of year filled with family gatherings, cheerful music, delicious treats and feelings of warmth and love, can be anything but for women in need. “It’s still a struggle,” Joy Bright said about the holidays. Bright graduated from Hand UP for Women in 2020 [...]

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