In the late eighties Fayette County was known as one of the poorest counties in the nation. Concerned about the sad conditions facing many low income families, community members gathered to address the needs of the poor. Representatives from faith communities, business leaders, elected officials and other caring individuals joined to form Fayette Cares.
In 1986 Fayette Cares was chartered as a nonprofit charitable organization. As an interdenominational, non-partisan, countywide organization, Fayette Cares unites churches, businesses, service agencies, and individuals to provide aid for county residents in need.
In 1993, the first Fayette Cares facility was built on donated land and fully paid for through community donations.
In 2001, through a strategic planning process made possible by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Fayette Cares was able to address concerns regarding the deficiency of shelter options in Fayette County.
Today Fayette County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Tennessee. In an effort to meet increasing demands for services, in 2007 Fayette Cares opened the doors of Hope’s Cottage. This supportive housing program builds self-reliance through life skills training addressing financial management, parenting skills, domestic violence, home readiness, career development, and physical and mental health care. Fayette Cares works to provide a holistic approach to helping those in need advance toward self-sufficiency.