About Appalachian Outreach

Appalachian Outreach was founded in 1984 by Jim Wilson. Karen and Kerry Smith worked alongside Jim Wilson in an attempt to bring aid to families in need in Appalachia. Appalachian Outreach is a year round program with an emphasis on summer missions serving families in four counties including Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke, and Hamblen.

Appalachian Outreach is located in the Appalachia area of East Tennessee.

AO Ministry Center / Home Repair

511 Municipal Drive, Jefferson City, TN 37760

Phone: 865-475-5611 – Fax 865-262-9076

Family Services Hours:

Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


 Samaritan House Family Ministries

165 Jericho Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760

Phone: 865-475-5032 / Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm


AO Donation Center

190 West Old Andrew Johnson Hwy, Jefferson City, TN 37760

Gently used or new items can be dropped of at this facility.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /  Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Appalachian Outreach Statistics: An average of 1800 Individuals receive supplemental food and clothing on a monthly basis. Services are provided during the 13 hours that the Ministry Center is open each week. This is only accomplished by the help of great volunteers. The Samaritan House provides short term housing to an average of 52 families each year. Budgeting classes, parenting classes, etc. are taught while the families are in residence. The Home Repair Ministry repairs an average of 30 homes in a four county area. An average of 550 Volunteers are hosted each year to assist with Home Repair projects. Appalachian Outreach uses all three points of the Recycle Triangle: Recycle – Reuse – Reduce. Some examples are: After providing clothing to 1800 people a month and supplying Second Source Thrift Store with clothing and other items, we still are blessed with a surplus. In the past 11 years, we have sent to Third World Countries over 3.076 million pounds of clothing. That figure does not include shoes, purses, belts and toys that are also sent the help those in less fortunate countries. Families that would not necessary come and ask for services at the Ministry Center can purchase items at the Second Source Thrift Store for very little cost.