About Our Chapter
We currently have fifteen active Host Families serving in Memphis. These families provide a temporary, safe, loving, nurturing home environment for children. Their hospitality gives the children’s parents time and space to take care of needs they have in order to help create stability for their family. The families we serve are referred to us by previous clients, the Department of Children’s Services and other local community agencies.
Memphis churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting members to serve and reach out to parents who are in crisis situations. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are active partners with Safe Families for Children of Memphis. Our volunteers, as followers of Jesus, are awakening to the urgent need of struggling families in our city and community. Safe Families for Children provides the process and structure the church needs to serve families in times of crisis.
Watch this short video about church involvement:
Although our amazing volunteers are the ones who take the movement of Safe Families for Children into the community, they are professionally supported by our local Safe Families for Children Coordinator. The Memphis Coordinator works to engage churches, build the base of volunteers, train volunteers, transition the children, provide family coach supervision, and so much more.
Katie Dunlap is the Memphis Safe Families for Children Coordinator and has been a proud Memphian for thirteen years. She developed a passion for social work after spending a summer in East St. Louis, Illinois in college and graduated from Samford University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1999. Katie, her husband, and their three sons enjoy living in Midtown Memphis, where they planted a church in 2011. Katie has a heart for serving under-resourced families and children and became a Bridges Out of Poverty trainer in order to serve as a connector of people of all economic classes. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, being outdoors, and watching Memphis Grizzlies basketball.