To thrive, everyone needs recognition as an active participant in shaping his/her local
community. Immigrants and refugees leave behind their savvy and networking skills. These new arrivals seek a chance to participate fully and positively in their currentcommunity. The challenge is even greater if thenew arrival had acquired a university education and work experience in their home country. Proving their professional competence, accessing the proper networks and learning the language of their profession requires local help.

Tennessee Immigrant Empowerment Solutions, Inc. (TIES) listens to the needs of the immigrant community and is open to collaborate with other organizations serving their needs. Currently TIES provides preparation for the citizenship interview and helps theimmigrant professional through the INVEST program.

Our mission is to integrate immigrants and refugees by empowering them to share their  skills, achieve self-sufficiency and contribute to the local economy.
“We believe that diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being asked to dance.”  *
* Ms. Verna Meyers, Esq. serves as a Principal of Verna Meyers Consulting Group, LLC


We believe in the value and dignity of each person.
We believe in strengthening the Knoxville community by empowering refugees and immigrants to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency.
We believe in the integrity of programs, the Board of Directors and staff.
We believe in respecting and promoting every person’s skills and potential
We believe in cooperating with government, business and community structures to advance the full integration of immigrants and refugees into the Knoxville community

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