mission statement

To provide guests with a safe, positive, and encouraging environment in which to practice living ‘clean’.

our vision

For all individuals to maintain a life style free from susbstance abuse.

things you need to know

  • A residence of recovery for individuals 18 years of age and above.

  • Centrally located in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Walking distance to bus stops, meetings, local job opportunities, and downtown Knoxville.

  • We will cooperate with all Judicial entities including: Recovery court, the Department of Probation & Parole, TDOC, etc. to ensure participants maintain compliance during their stay.

  • A willingness to participate in a program of recovery is required.

  • We can make outside referrals for any professional counseling services, mental health support, or individual therapy.

meet the directors:

Marlana Smartt

"When I started the recovery process I was broken and miserable but through a lot of hard work and active participation I have learned a new way to live...clean. I have come to believe that no addict seeking recovery need ever die and that we can only keep what we have by giving it away."

Wesley Byrge

"I have been in and out of recovery for years; relapse, despair, and hope are all parts of my story. I am now dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from this disease find a new way to live and I believe it is vital to make recovery a way of life. Every effort is made to ensure each addict walking through the door has the resources they need to help them succeed."

Brittney Chipps
Assistant Director

"I am passionate and committed to helping women find recovery. My gratitude speaks when I am able to share experience, compassion, and spirituality with others."


We are committed to promoting honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness as well as integrity, individual growth, and self acceptance among guests. We place heavy emphasis on the development of communication skills, individual priorities, and individual responsibility.

It is our goal to offer residence in recovery-based settings providing individuals the time they need to learn vital life skills which will be required in order to maintain a life free from substance abuse and become productive members of society.

knoxville, tennessee

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