About Our Chapter
We currently have 40+ active Host Families serving in the Memphis area. Additional volunteers help by providing support to parents such as transportation, mentoring, and help finding work. Other volunteers provide much-needed tangible items such as car seats and clothing.
If you would like to participate as a Host Family, Family Friend, or Resource Friend, contact us here.
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.
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 Director. The Memphis Director works to engage churches, build the base of volunteers, train volunteers, transition the children, provide family coach supervision, network with other like-minded organizations and so much more.
Katie Dunlap, Memphis Director
Katie grew up in small town Alabama and largely credits her compassionate spirit to her mom, who consistently demonstrated caring for those in need. The summer after her freshman year in college, Katie spent ten weeks in East St. Louis, IL working at the Christian Activity Center located beside the Samuel Gompers Homes. Her eyes were opened for the first time not only to extreme poverty but also to the amazing tenacity and resiliency of families surviving day-to-day. During that summer she became convinced that God was leading her to become a social worker. As a follower of Jesus and a church planter’s wife, Katie is passionate about returning God’s people to the forefront of caring for vulnerable children and families in our community. She and her husband, along with their three boys, planted Mercy Hill Church in 2011 and enjoy living and serving in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood and Midtown. During her spare time, Katie enjoys being outdoors, chasing waterfalls and spending quality time with friends and family.
Katie Dunlap is the Memphis Safe Families for Children Director and has been a proud Memphian for fifteen 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.