Project Being There

2042 Town Center Blvd.


Knoxville, TN  37922  US



Tracy Foster, President

Mike Pierce, Secretary


​​Project Being There

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small victories in a large world

Tracy Foster, founder and president of Project Being There, says that it is her experience that no one makes a decision in isolation. She and her husband, Steve, wanted a family. That desire led them to adopt their daughter Lydia  from Vietnam in 2002. They returned to adopt Noah and Aaron three years later.

​The most difficult part of the adoption process, the Fosters say, was seeing the many children who were left behind to continue living in institutional care. The cries of the children left a lasting impression, inspiring the couple to pledge their time and energy to finding ways to serve.


Project Being There was officially incorporated on March 18, 2009, and became a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit organization on September 19, 2009. They did so with help from SCORE, a national organization that advises small businesses and organizations.

The PBT name was inspired by a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca who said, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” One of the biggest lessons they learned in those first few years was that perfection is an illusion and perseverance is essential to real service in the world.

As Tracy joyfully says, “We measure PBT’s progress one small victory, one child, at a time. It is challenging work, but so satisfying to maintain our commitment and gather resources we can channel into healthier and happier lives for St. An’s children. We carry their welfare in our hearts and minds every day, even though they live far, far away. Please join us in our commitment by sponsoring a child or giving a financial donation of any size. And, we cherish your prayers for Project Being There.”