The Smoky Mountain Dream Center is a faith-based nonprofit organization located in East Tennessee, which offers transitional housing and Christ-centered solutions to women who have faced incarceration, a church facility for the community, and youth and children leadership programs to aid in their physical, mental, and spiritual development.
What’s Happening Now
- We are actively working with the female inmates in Cocke County jail where we teach classes on overcoming life-controlling issues.
- We are putting a structure in place necessary to support the enormity of the dream God has given us.
- We are planting vision in various avenues in order to gather supporters, volunteers, and partners who believe in the Dream.
- We are raising financial support to take the first steps of making Smoky Mountain Dream Center a reality.
- We are involved in student outreach programming in the Cocke County school system.
SMDC is currently based and operated in East Tennessee. Our primary objective is to meet the needs of women coming out of incarceration in Cocke County, but our goal is to extend that support to women through all Appalachian counties. Ultimately, we hope to purchase a large parcel of land in or near Cocke County once funding is raised.
SMDC is currently assembling a board of directors. Candidates must be filled with the Spirit, unwavering integrity, and influential in their communities. They must be willing to serve with their time, talents, and treasures for the glory of God and the advancement of his Kingdom in the lives of the least of these. Unity is of upmost importance and decisions will be based on the guidance of scripture to the best of our abilities.
Emily and Britt Houser
Born and raised in Appalachia, the Housers are Assemblies of God U.S. Missionaries and have been in ministry over 5 years with an emphasis on women’s ministry. Emily currently works with women in jail as a volunteer chaplain, and Britt works as an engineer and volunteers with parolees as they transition from incarceration. Their heart is to see the forgotten women of Appalachia empowered with the skills necessary for them to succeed post-release.
The Halls are Assemblies of God U.S. Missionaries and have their roots deep in Appalachia. They are returning from three years on the mission field of Ecuador to serve the at-risk youth of Appalachia. They are Assemblies of God U.S. Missionaries and Keith is a credentialed minister. They are passionate about starting up leadership camps and mentoring youth by becoming a positive presence in their schools and lives.