The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 59 nonprofit organizations during the second quarter of 2018. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Community Care Fellowship
Community Care Fellowship (CCF) was established in 1984 as an outreach ministry of the Nashville District United Methodist Churches to provide support and assistance to the poor and homeless in East Nashville. The Memorial Foundation funding supports CCF’s Daytime services (Monday – Friday, 9 am-3 pm) which include: breakfast and lunch each week day; personal hygiene services which include showers, laundry, and hygiene items (combs, deodorant, razors); pastoral counseling; local phone use and mailing address; referrals to agencies and government services, access to partner agencies such as Mental Health Co-op, Metro Social Services, veteran support services, and Open Table housing navigators; and a place to be during the day that is inviting and hospitable. In addition to CCF’s core services, a job specialist volunteer position will be launched in July 2018 focused on job connection, soft skills training, resume writing, and interview preparedness. In 2017, CCF provided the following services: 33,265 meals served; 44,040 personal care items distributed; 7,069 showers provided; 95 pastoral counseling sessions conducted; and 3,847 loads of laundry were washed.
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center was the first Federally Qualified Health Center in Tennessee for the medically underserved. For 50 years, Matthew Walker has provided comprehensive adult and pediatric medical care (primary and multi-specialty) for all under-insured and uninsured patients regardless of their ability to pay and annually serves nearly 17,000 patients with 45,000 visits. Approximately, 53% of the patient population is uninsured and 70% live 100% below the poverty level. Currently, Matthew Walker has 2,139 diabetic and 4,461 hypertensive patients and has a model of care that provides diagnosis, medication and education for diabetic and hypertensive patients. Optimal treatment for these patients is at least one annual retinal exam to prevent blindness due to retinopathy, and for diabetic patients, at least one annual foot exam to prevent amputation due to vascular neuropathy. Access to podiatry and ophthalmology services in the private sector can take as many as 3 to 6 months. The Memorial Foundation funding will support the reinstatement of Matthew Walker’s ophthalmology and podiatry services to improve clinical outcomes and care access among diabetic and hypertensive patients as well as provide an additional referral options for other safety net providers. Matthew Walker will provide 8 hours per week of ophthalmology and 8 hours per week of podiatry services at the Nashville location to reduce blindness and amputation due to vascular neuropathy among uninsured adults diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. In 2018-19, Matthew Walker will provide access to an annual retinopathy exam to 275 uninsured adult diabetic patients and 558 uninsured adult hypertension patients. An additional 310 uninsured adult diabetic patients will receive an annual foot exam to identify any possible vascular neuropathy.
Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
The Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) was established in 2000 to provide a broad range of pro bono or low cost mediation services in General Sessions Civil Court cases for parties who could not afford legal representation. NCRC provides 40+ hours of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31-approved mediation training, free continuing education, special training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research and trauma-informed care, and mentoring for volunteer mediators. Over 60 NCRC trained volunteer mediators provide trauma-informed mediation services that empower individuals to resolve conflicts without violence. Mediation services are free in the courts and provided on a low-cost sliding fee scale to individuals outside of the court system. Cases are referred through the Juvenile Court, personal request, attorneys, General Sessions Court, nonprofit organizations, MDHA offices, District Attorney’s office, and MNPS. The Memorial Foundation funding supports general programming, which serves over 1,600 low-income Davidson County residents and includes:
- Parenting/Family Stability Mediation – Program devoted to parenting and family stability, serves over 1,000 parents and guardians each year who have reached an impasse regarding custody and visitation issues, or regarding the relationships within an extended family.
- Housing Security and Eviction Prevention Mediation – Provide free mediation services to people who have escalating conflicts with neighbors, landlords, or tenants that place them at-risk for eviction and homelessness.
- Restorative Justice Mediation – Victim-Offender program that provides mediation both to adults and to juvenile offenders as a constructive alternative to traditional court processes. Mediation helps participants acknowledge responsibility for their actions, offer apologies, identify appropriate restitution, and create action plans for future conflict management.
- Conflict Management Workshops – NCRC provides community workshops on conflict management, cultural competence, and communication skills tailored to a wide range of audiences and partner organization clients and staff.
Last year, NCRC: completed 652 mediations, serving 1,747 individuals; provided community workshops on conflict management, reaching 362 adults and 187 youth; and provided training and continuing education events for 81 mediators. 70 mediators volunteered a total of 1,361 hours in mediation sessions. 82% of the completed mediations ended in successful de-escalation and resolution.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.