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What does 'Manna' mean?

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we’ve been asked many times why we dedicated our community as “Manna House.” 

While the historically accurate answer is that our first residents played a large part in choosing the name from the Exodus story in the Old Testament, we later came to learn from a professor at the Emmanuel School of Religion that “manna” in Hebrew translates to the simple phrase “what is this?”

In the nearly twenty years we’ve been serving our brothers and sisters in recovery, we’ve come to see as sacred the many “what” questions we’ve encountered through countless small miracles and mysteries we see in the lives transformed in this special place. 

To find out more about our history, click here.


Since 1971 Fairview Housing has been providing safe, quality and affordable housing to individuals and families throughout Southern Appalachia.

Fairview Housing Management Corporation is a tax-deductible registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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  P.O. Box 5746, Johnson City, TN 37602