Isaiah 117 House

The Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry College is partnering with the Isaiah 117 House organization whose mission is to provide physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement.

Isaiah 1:17 Unfortunately in Washington County, Smyth County, and Bristol City, there are times when a child is removed from a home out of concern for their welfare. Upon removal, the child is usually brought to the Department of Social Services offices to await placement with a foster family. This wait can last several hours or days. Isaiah 117 House provides a comforting alternative where children can spend this transition time instead.


The Appalachian Center for Civic Life is in the beginning stages of working to get an Isaiah 117 House in Washington County.

A message from the expansion coordinator, Megan Hamilton regarding the Kick off event on October 2nd,

“Thank you all so much for attending our Kickoff Event this past Sunday. We had a great turnout, and we loved seeing all of you there! Because of your support, we are able to make this dream a reality here in Washington County, Virginia. The beginning steps of this process will be our Expansion Community Meetings during which we will connect folks to specific tasks to help us make Isaiah 117 House a reality in Washington County, VA.
Our first meeting will be held on October 18th at 6 pm at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life (this is also known as the Collins House) on Emory & Henry College’s campus. Anyone is welcome to this meeting; it is open to the community, so please bring your friends/colleagues/family members, etc.! At this meeting, we will create committees to help divvy up responsibilities. We plan to have these Expansion Community meetings every third Tuesday of the month. Feel free to put it in your calendar moving forward.”


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For more information, feel free to contact Megan Hamilton, Coordinator of Civic Engagement Projects at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, who is leading this project at or