about closer to home

Mission Statement

Closer to Home's goal is to provide for and enrich the lives of people in the community who fall upon hard times.

Its purpose - enabling those we help to once again become productive members of the community.

Action Statement

Closer to Home's calling is to raise funds from events, sponsorships and donations in order to supply provisions such as food, shelter, clothing and education for needy families, individuals and children who come to our attention via third party references.


In August of 2000, Grammy nominated award winner Michele Pillar formed Closer to Home. Since then, many artists have donated their talents to raise funds for Closer to Home, including Michael McDonald, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, JoDee Messina, Wynonna, Phil Vassar, Allen Shamblin, and many others.

Corporate Sponsors such as Keller Williams, Bridgestone, Capitol Bank and AIM Health Care Services have given generously to help hundreds of people in Williamson and surrounding counties.

Closer to Home is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Corporation.

"We are blessed with a strong foundation of volunteer Board Members who together represent over fifty years experience with not-for-profit organizations. We run smoothly and quickly to assist those who need our help, often within twenty-four hours. Closer to Home is a simple neighbor helping neighbor effort," states Michele Pillar, Closer to Home President.


Closer to Home is managed by a five member Board of Directors. Operation and overhead expenses are approximately $300 per month and the Director of Gifting is paid a modest salary for the daily processing of referral requests.

Most distributions are given anonymously to maintain the dignity of those helped.
Referrals are submitted to Closer to Home via public servants such as social workers, police officers, caseworkers, educators and other individuals who are in a position to evaluate people in need. Closer to Home helps those who need immediate assistance and may be too proud to ask for help.

"I am very excited to be serving on the Board for Closer to Home. I've watched it carefully though the years and respect all aspects of it."-- Beth Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Closer To Home.


christopher cross
Christopher Cross
2011 Christmas Show
michael mcdonald
Michael McDonald
2000, 2002 & 2010
Christmas shows
keb mo
Keb' Mo'
2009 Christmas show
phil vassar
Phil Vassar
2005 Christmas show
michele pillar
Michele Pillar
jodee messina
JoDee Messina
2004 Farm show
ricky scaggs
Ricky Scaggs
2003 Christmas show
2001 Farm show
john hiatt
John Hiatt
2001 Farm show
vince gill
Vince Gill
2000 Christmas show
& 2010 Anniversary show
steve winwood
Steve Winwood
2000 Christmas show
alison krauss
Alison Krauss