KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Restoration House isn't the first outreach project for either Daniel or Mandy Watson.
"They saw an opportunity to take their experience and use that to develop a very meaningful ministry reaching out to single-parent families," said Philip Eubanks Vice President for Advancement at Johnson University.
Both have worked to help others for more than a decade and began making their mark while in college at Johnson University.
"They actually stayed in the Knoxville community because when Daniel was a student," said Eubanks. "Even as a very young student, he got very involved with West Town Christian Church and their youth program."
Mandy Watson also traveled as far as China to help others.
"They have been laboring in humility and behind the scenes and to see that recognized and brought to the forefront is just wonderful," added Eubanks.
The couple's love for one another is said to be as strong as their will to make the world a better place.
"Daniel and Mandy were sweethearts when they came and so they dated all through high school. In fact, I talked to his roommate and he told me that if you saw Daniel, you saw Mandy. They were always together," shared Eubanks.
Johnson University helps support The Restoration House, and helped organize a duathalon as a fundraiser.
"[Daniel] pledged that if enough money could be raised for The Restoration House, that he would run dressed up in a wig and dress, and he actually was able to do that," said Eubanks.
University officials said the Watsons are shining examples of the school's graduates throughout the country.