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Fellowship Center

The Fellowship Center is a free outpatient lodging center. Since 1984 this “little bit of home” has aided families coping with serious illnesses. In 1992, through the generosity of the Lucille S. Thompson Family Foundation, the program was expanded from four to eighteen furnished apartments and a family room and laundry. These apartments are provided free of charge by Fort Sanders Foundation and Covenant Health.

Who may use the Fellowship Center?

Outpatients of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center have priority for use of the Fellowship Center apartments. As space permits we welcome outpatients from Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center as well as those referred by other area health care facilities.

What are the facilities like?

Fellowship Center consists of eighteen one–bedroom apartments that become “a home away from home.” Each apartment is fully–furnished and located in one of two buildings: the Chapman House and the Bishop House, one block north of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at 1815 and 1800 Laurel Avenue.

The apartments are equipped with twin beds, a couch–bed, furnished kitchens, microwaves, cable TV, telephones and linens. A family room and laundry are located in the Bishop House. Community groups stock a pantry which is available for all guests.

The Fort Sanders Auxiliary has provided a station wagon to transport outpatients to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center for treatment and a grant for weekday lunches for all guests.

The staff is on call 24 hours a day. There are free parking and laundry facilities available on site.

Lodging requests may be made through hospital Social Services or by calling (865) 541–1725.

How can you help?

The Fellowship Center is a lodging center…a little bit of home. It was created to help guests combat the emotional, financial and physical pressures of traumatic illness. This caring project provides comfort and support to guests coming from all over the United States.

Fellowship Center is totally sustained through the generosity of its guests and friends. Through gifts of money, furnishings, time and talent, our friends have made this service possible.  You can make a donation online via this link:

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The staff of Fort Sanders Foundation is available to provide more information on how your contributions can help the Fellowship Center. Please contact us at (865)531-5210 with any questions or for additional information.

To send contributions by mail, please use the following address:

Fort Sanders Foundation

280 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Suite 202

Knoxville, TN 37922