Tokens of Hope Center
Project overview
YEAR: 2018 CLIENT: Salvation Army of Knoxville LOCATION: Broadway, Knoxville, TN VOLUNTEER(S): Maria E. Shockey, IIDA; Jacene Philips, AIA
  • Current empty shell building owned by the Salvation Army is located next to a homeless camp
  • The interior renovations would add office space, a coffee shop, and a thrift store
  • The store would sell clothing, furniture, and groceries, and would operate with its own currency (tokens)
  • The space creates a place of hope for those in the adjacent encampment

A Salvation Army Thrift Store Gets a Major Renovation The Salvation Army Thrift Store on North Broadway Street in Knoxville, Tennessee had existed for a while as a shell building with a lack of defined areas for various administrative and service purposes. The ETCDC was approached to look at the space and create a conceptual plan that would allow for … Read More

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A Salvation Army Thrift Store Gets a Major Renovation

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on North Broadway Street in Knoxville, Tennessee had existed for a while as a shell building with a lack of defined areas for various administrative and service purposes. The ETCDC was approached to look at the space and create a conceptual plan that would allow for the separation of the spaces that are would be needed if the store eventually transformed into the planned “Tokens of Hope Center”.  These spaces would include: 

  • an entrance vestibule and check-in desk, similar to a small doctor’s office waiting room 
  • a cluster of offices with a small central lobby for children to play in while their guardians are in the other areas of the Center 
  • a corner coffee shop with space for around 30 customers to sit 
  • a store broken evenly into a grocery and clothing side 
  • a central area bisecting the store that can function as either a space to display furniture for sale or that can be used for large gatherings and presentations 

The purpose of the Tokens of Hope Center is to provide services for the adjacent homeless camp to receive goods such as clothing, food, and furniture, through a system of tokens as opposed to US currency. 

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