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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We have answers to frequently asked questions about the Widows Center. In addition, you may contact us with your own personal questions.


What is the Widows Center?
The Center is a superbly designed retirement center for widows who want to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle in an environment that promotes ministry opportunities. The Center is sponsored by the Church of God Ministries Department.

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Where is the Center located?
The Center is located in Sevierville, Tennessee in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a part of the Smoky Mountain Children's Home, the Center provides a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a multi-generational campus.

Additionally, the greater Sevierville area that includes Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg has some of the best shopping, restaurants, and cultural opportunities in the southeastern United States.

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What are the living accommodations?
The Center has 42 spacious two-room suites with a full complement of conveniences including a kitchen, living area, and full bathroom. Each apartment contains approximately 525 square feet with a balcony to enjoy the fabulous weather in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Will the apartments be furnished?
We want the Center to become your home and for your apartment to feel warm and homelike. For it to feel like home, we think you need to furnish the apartment with your furniture, nick knacks, pictures, lamps, etc. Those pieces of your life will help you feel more comfortable in your new home.

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Who is eligible to live at the Center?
Christian widows of ministers and laypersons are eligible. Prospective residents must be able to live independently in their own apartment.

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Is the Center an assisted living facility?
No, the Center is primarily designed as a independent living retirement center for widows who are still able to care for themselves and can perform activities of daily living.

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What about meals?
The Center has a beautiful appointed dining room that will serve one nutritious meal per day. This mealtime will be the social event of the day. For breakfast and lunch, residents may prepare light meals in their room, or visit one of the local eating establishments.

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Are there planned events and activities?
Spiritual, social, cultural, and recreational activities offer opportunities for worship, fellowship, and fun. Residents may participate in these activities and are encouraged to organize other types of activities that interest them.

Parkway Church of God is on campus and serves as home church to the residents. There are other churches in the area also.

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As a resident, will I be able to volunteer at the Children's Home?
Certainly! The Smoky Mountain Children's Home is committed to making a difference in the lives of America's needy children and they would be delighted to have you help them in whatever way you can.

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Are there other opportunities for ministry?
Yes! Besides assisting the children on campus and helping in the local church, there will also be opportunities to visit the sick and to assist the needy in surrounding communities.

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I understand the Center will not provide assisted living or nursing care. What happens if I need care?
The area has several good healthcare facilities and we will be happy to assist with placement in a healthcare facility if the need arises. Of course, you would be financially responsible to the healthcare facility.

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Are pets allowed?
It is the aim of the Center that all residents have a comfortable living environment. Since some people suffer from pet allergies, no pets will be permitted.

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