Emmanuel House’s Taste of River City Fundraiser Postponed; Donations Encouraged

January 7, 2021

Letter submitted by Emmanuel House Board President Monica Mowdy.

As president of the board of directors of the Emmanuel House, I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization. The Smith County Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, Inc. (also known as The Emmanuel House), has flourished in Smith County thanks to the generous individuals here as well as many other supporters from churches to businesses. Many of you have provided faith support, taught classes, provided transportation, and donation of much needed personal items and Christmas gifts. There have also been many wonderful employers that have offered employment to our residents. Thank you for taking a chance on us. We absolutely could not help women take that next best step in their lives without each and every one of you.

Like so many other individuals, businesses and other non-profit organizations, The Emmanuel House has been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus, but we have persevered thanks to generous people like you. As expected, some of our funding was affected due to cancellations and postponements of fund-raisers. It was our plan to hold our second annual Taste of River City on January 21, 2021; however, the Board of Directors have decided it would be best to wait until later in the New Year. We have a meager budget that is supported in part by the rent the residents pay. The rest of the funding comes from donations, grants and sponsorships and the decision to postpone is not one taken lightly due to the financial impact it could have on our operations.

Here is where you can help! As you plan your giving for the new year, I am personally asking that you consider including the Emmanuel House as one of the fine Smith County non-profit organizations. The easiest ways you can give are:

Mail a donation to:
The Emmanuel House PO Box 344 Gordonsville, TN 38563

Or send to:
Citizens Bank
Routing #: 064107729
Account #: 12277223

Thank you again for the support you have provided in the past and what you will give in the future. Remember to keep an eye out for an announcement regarding the new date for our next Taste of River City!


Monica Mowdy