The River
Ministry for Women

             A place where women meet to listen, learn, laugh...  and wash clothes.


Covid-19 Cleaning Kits Distribution

With funding from the Neighbor To Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, The River was able to create and distribute 80 kits to individuals and families in need in our community. 

First in line to get a kit.

Gave away all 80 in 2 hrs!

Diapers, Art Bags, & a Kit!

Ever wondered what 80 buckets looked like?

A few of the items in each Covid-19 Cleaning Kit. 

Items in each cleaning Kit

Sample of Cleaning Kit 

We saw cute masks!

50 Art Bags, 80 kits, and 2,000 diapers were distributed on 7/15/2020

           Stacy Larsen, Executive Director                                         [email protected]
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  • 125 West Main Street
    Johnson City, TN 37604


(423) 926-8111

Business Hours

  • Monday - Friday
    08:00 am – 03:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday

The River

"Sharing Loads of God's Love"

Since opening our doors on October 4, 2004, The River has served thousands of women and children in need. Many are without support networks and are at severe risk of falling between the cracks into greater poverty, homelessness, and desperation. The River provides two levels of service- Core & Support. Core services help women meet basic needs on a daily basis. Support services empower women toward  self-sufficiency. Guests value The River for its comprehensive and unique programs and for the compassionate and respectful manner in which they are offered. We believe that every woman has gifts and strengths that she can build on to be successful and it is our hope that The River can bring new life!

Do you have your mother's button box?
The River is always looking for donations of buttons to help create our River Button Bracelets. Please consider donating your collections to a good cause! You can purchase River Button Bracelets online at, at Boones Creek Pharmacy located at 4729 North Roan Street Johnson City, TN 37615, and at several area craft fairs.

Send your donations to:
The River
125 West Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37604

The River has received funding from the following: 
*The Mooneyhan Family Foundation
*East Tennessee Foundation
*Washington County Community Foundation (formerly the Harris Fund of Washington County) 
*Holston Presbytery
*Numerous Churches, Organizations, and individual donors

Thank you for helping to keep The River flowing! 

Want To Help?

We are so grateful to our community for their generosity and willingness to donate needed supplies. Please know that all in-kind donations go directly to those in need. Respecting the dignity of those we serve, we distribute only items that are clean and unused. We are always in need of the following items: laundry detergent (liquid or pods only), bleach, fabric softener (sheets only), stain remover, individually wrapped snacks, coffee, creamer, sugar, coffee filters, tampons, pads, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6, & Pull Ups), stamps, cards & stationary, hand soap, dish washing soap, q-tips, cotton balls, razors, toothpaste, brushes & travel-sized toiletries. Donations can be brought to The River during hours of operation. 

River Button Bracelets

"Buttons are like women, they keep everything together." 
Each bracelet is unique (just like the women we serve) and patiently designed with antique, vintage, and modern buttons. All proceeds support The River Ministry for women. Bracelets can be purchased at our Etsy site through the link below.


Dear Friends,
We know that for the time being, all of our lives have changed. Community has always been at the heart of The River’s ministry. Unfortunately, it is community that spreads Covid-19 and puts each of us at risk for infection. In response, The River is doing our part to help flatten the curve and keep our guests and staff healthy and safe. Starting in August The River will be open from 8 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Up to three women can wash at a time and all loads must be started by 12:30 pm. Showers will be first-come, first-served and one at a time up until 2 pm. The following services will be available at the door on these days: mail, feminine hygiene assistance, resource referrals, and homeless verification letters. All who enter The River will wear a mask, pass a symptom check, social distance, and practice safe hygiene. We will provide masks.  
We will open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month to distribute diapers to families enrolled in the J. Walter Brown Changing Lives from the Bottom Up diaper subsidy program from 9 am to 12 noon.     

Core Services are at the heart of The River's ministry. These services help women meet basic needs on a daily basis. Guests can use these services to help themselves.  

Support Services
empower women to help themselves and their family. 

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