Good Neighbors is a 501 (c) (3) community ministry. Our mission is to help lift our Blount County neighbors out of a temporary crisis. Good Neighbors provides resources to maintain and/or increase the ability of our neighbors to cope with the challenges of everyday life. We do this in an atmosphere of love and respect, building partnerships through which Christ’s love can grow and by advocating for social justice within Blount County. Good Neighbors is funded by local area churches, individuals, Blount County Ecumenical Action Council, United Way and other civic groups.

HOW GOOD NEIGHBORS WORKS

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Make an Appointment. 

Whether referred from a church or from another source, the first step is for our neighbors to call the office to make an appointment. Messages that are received from days the office is closed are promptly returned by our office volunteers. Neighbors are given an appointment and directions to the office. An office volunteer calls the neighbor to remind them of their appointment the last working day prior to their appointment.

 
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Create a Plan. 

Once they arrive, Neighbors are greeted by the staff and then are asked to fill out an intake form. A trained coach meets individually with the neighbor to discuss their needs. The coach and neighbor work together to create a plan for resolution of their unique situation.

 
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Change a Future. 

Two to three months after the Good Neighbors office and the neighbor have completed a plan, a volunteer makes a follow-up call to check in and offer other non-financial resources if they are needed.