MATS has been smoking turkeys as a fundraising event almost as long as it has been a part of this community. The shelter began in 1987 when pastors from several area churches started renting out three rooms at the Kingmeyer hotel during the winter months. The idea was a success, and by the end of that year, MATS had its grand opening at the Hill Street location. We have grown and improved over the years, constantly striving to provide a successful plan to self-sufficiency for the homeless in Hamblen County and nine surrounding counties. In 2017, MATS was able to move into a much more centralized and functional building on Main Street. It also offers the perfect location to hold our Turkey Smoking Event each year! Order your freshly smoked turkeys and pre-cooked hams, then pick them up at the event the day before Thanksgiving. While you're here, check out a huge selection of baked goods, shop with local vendors, and let the kids enjoy our children's play area. Let us take care of your Thanksgiving meat prep this year!