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Community inclusion with purpose, empowerment and promise for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our team of employees provide opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential experiences, community interactions, employment and job skills training.
Respecting the people we are proud to serve, Developing careers with purpose, Serving with passion, Empowering people, Acting with Integrity, Advocating for community inclusion.
In The News
“In mid-2018, as part of their #KDUBcares series, Knoxville Weekend magazine followed Jonathan as he went through a day with Sertoma Center, challenging their readers to invest more in the Knoxville community and support Jonathan and other people that agencies like Sertoma support.”
Founded in 1961 as the Sertoma Center by the Knoxville Downtown Sertoma Club, Sertoma first met in the basement of First Presbyterian Church with the goal of preparing pre-school children for special education classes in the public schools, and originally served 17 children.
In 1970, the move was made to Dandridge Avenue and the Center was established as a non-profit corporation. Soon after, the Knox County school system took over the provision of educational services for children with special needs. Sertoma changed its focus to providing comprehensive life services for adults with intellectual disabilities. We moved into our current headquarters on East Fifth Avenue in 1993 and presently serve approximately 140 people and their families.
Help Sertoma make a difference in the lives of those in need.