This year, Scripps Networks Interactive CEO Ken Lowe is serving as chair of the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s fundraising campaign. Lowe says, “It is such an honor to work with all of these amazing people who are effecting true, positive change in our community and beyond. I was a believer in United Way before, but now that I know even more, I’m a passionate advocate.”
Scripps Networks Interactive Chairman, President and CEO Ken Lowe joins United Way of Greater Knoxville President and CEO Ben Landers on a tour of the non-proift's offices.
Scripps Networks Interactive has long been a supporter of the United Way’s life-giving service to communities nationwide, but this year employees in the Knoxville office were given the opportunity to get to know more about how their donations benefit the community by touring United Way-associated agencies in the area. Among those toured were Columbus House, a temporary residence for boys, and the Helen Ross McNabb Center, a behavioral health center.
United Way donations go toward the food as well as medical and mental health services for Columbus House residents. John Hitt, a case manager at Columbus House, told of several success stories in the last seven months, including one boy who had finally found a permanent, stable home thanks to his program advocates.
Staff at the Helen Ross McNabb Center work with clients as young as newborns.
At Helen Ross McNabb Center, Scripps employees heard from Brad Franks with PASAAC, the Project Against Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children. The organization is able to work not only with children who have been abused, but also with adults who have had a history of childhood sexual abuse. With the Helen Ross McNabb Center's continuum of care and programs, the center can holistically treat multiple issues for each client.
The program's goal is to serve about 70 people a year. "Therapy works if you hang in there. We really focus on forming relationships with our clients assessing them through different anxiety inventories and depression inventories. We can see and track their progress and improvement," Franks added.
According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 15 million children in the United States currently can be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Organizations like Columbus House and the Helen Ross McNabb Center serve a critical need to ensure all children live healthy and successful lives.
United Way, with its dedication to these programs and others like them, benefits our community tremendously. It's not hard to see how our donations of time and money truly impact lives.
For more information on the United Way of Greater Knoxville, check out our short Why United Way? video.