History

Holston United Methodist Home for Children was founded in 1895 when Mrs. E.E. Wiley, a widow, took in her first homeless child. Since then, from that humble beginning, Holston Home has helped more than 8,000 children.

Holston Home is proudly affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, an area that covers all of East Tennessee, the western-most 17 counties in Virginia, and a little bit of territory in North Georgia. In that area, more than 915 United Methodist Churches make up the Holston Conference.

Holston Home is situated on 155 acres of gently rolling hillside in Greeneville, TN.  With 170 employees in service locations in Greeneville, Johnson City, Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN., and a Family Service Center in Bristol, Va.  Holston Home is in the ministry of helping children.

The goal of Holston Home is to help children and families overcome hardships in their lives. Sometimes, children are unable to live at home, and Holston Home provides one.

The goal is always to do what is best for the children whether its reuniting with family, adoption, or successfully transitioning to adulthood.  Our professional staff work to strengthen families and we help children overcome any emotional traumas or other hardships they may have experienced.

None of this could have ever happened without the full support and love and prayers of members of the United Methodist churches in the Holston Conference, and friends like you.

This 1923 photo of Wiley Hall shows dozens of children living in a dormitory. That building is no longer standing, and children no longer are housed in a large dormitory.