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Bringing Hope for the Homeless Since 1987

The Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter (MATS) is a compassionate shelter which provides a full program and meets the needs of families and individuals regardless of race, culture, gender, religion, or age.

"But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”  Luke 14:13-14


The compass helps us keep our bearings. If it is dark or foggy, if there is a snow storm or some environmental factor that changes our visibility, we can still orient with another constant, like the needle of a compass. 

At MATS, we endeavor to help place new constants in people's lives that are not hindered by environmental conditions. MATS helps individuals re-plot a course for success and stick to it.

Find your direction.

Proud to be an agency of the United Way of:

Grainger, Hamblen, Hawkins, and Jefferson Counties.


MATS Corporate Sponsors

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