Even though the Knoxville Dream Center started in 2014, it has its roots in a ministry that started close to 30 years ago.
In the early ’90s, Maxine
Raines launched Lost Sheep Ministry
. Growing up homeless herself, Maxine wanted to give back; she wanted to see the homeless in Knoxville cared for and find faith in Jesus Christ.
Armed with hot dogs, Maxine served the homeless from the trunk of her car and never looked back! Eventually finding a “home” under the I-40 Bridge, Lost Sheep Ministry has served the homeless every Wednesday evening for close to 30 years...not missing one Wednesday during this time!
Currently, Lost Sheep Ministry provides a number of different services Under the Bridge. One can always find a hot meal and a fresh pair of clothes when needed. Also, every Wednesday night we have a medical team ready to provide basic medical treatment, first aid, and perform vitals for those who want it. Many nursing and PA students serve with us alongside our volunteer staff.
Twice a month we provide dental services in a mobile trailer. Lastly, our prayer team is always ready to pray with those who want it and facilitate long term treatment and care for those who want off the streets.
Affectionately, we call "Under the Bridge" the largest living room in Knoxville! It is a safe place for the homeless community to gather and find people who will love on them unconditionally. Go to our volunteer page if you would like to join us!