Columbus Home Group Home

3227 Division Street

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865)971-3560

Program Manager:  Paul Ritter – paul@ccetn.org

Columbus Home is a group home for boys 12 and older who have been removed from the home because of abuse, neglect or other factors affecting the young man’s well being.

How the Program Works

Boys who come to Columbus Home are in state’s custody and are referred through an arrangement with the Department of Children’s Services. As a “Level 2″ facility, Columbus Home works with boys with mild to moderate behavioral issues. While at Columbus Home, boys attend public schools, go on supervised recreational outings and participate in other group and individual activities. Catholic Charities care specialists and other staff work to meet every aspect of each young man’s needs, from therapeutic counseling to doctor’s visits, teacher conferences and after-school tutoring. Typical stays are two to three months but may be longer, depending on the situation and the best interests of the young man.

The Columbus Home Goal

Columbus Home provides an environment where clients can work toward permanent placement, either reunification with a relative or, for those nearing adulthood, preparation for living on their own. All of the programs — educational, social and emotional — are geared to accomplishing this. Families working toward reunification are encouraged to visit and communication skills are taught so that family members can develop safe and reasonable boundaries. When reunification is not an option, Columbus Home focuses on independent living, so the clients are taught further life skills, such as budgeting and job search skills.

 

Catholic Charities’ Columbus Home Group Home. program is the proud recipient of the Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation Grant.

Click here to visit the East Tennessee Foundation website.