The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 47 nonprofit organizations in the first quarter of 2019. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville builds and finances single-family homes that provide the opportunity for low-income families in the Nashville area to own quality, affordable homes. To date, Habitat has built or renovated more than 845 homes serving over 2,900 family members with the help of over 7,400 volunteers. This year is an exciting time in the history of Habitat for Humanity as the 36th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is coming to Nashville October 6-11, 2019. President and Mrs. Carter will work alongside 500 volunteers to build homes for 20 families in Habitat’s Park Preserve neighborhood in North Nashville. Part of the funding for this project will help Habitat build homes for 38 additional families in 2020-21 that will include 12 new homes in Park Preserve and 26 new townhomes in an adjoining new Habitat neighborhood named Ewing Commons. Ewing Commons is Habitat’s first townhome development that will feature two-story townhome units with either 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms, built in small clusters on a 3.8-acre site that will include common parking and shared green space. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will support the site work needed to develop lots for the 26 townhomes in Ewing Commons in this North Nashville community.
AGAPE is a licensed family service agency serving Middle Tennessee families and children through adoption and foster care services, unplanned pregnancy support services, and faith-based counseling and psychological services. In July 2018, Morning Star Sanctuary, an agency that serves victims of domestic violence and their children, became a program of AGAPE. AGAPE Counseling and Psychological Services are provided at 12 office locations in Middle Tennessee. Counseling staff consists of licensed professionals who hold a Masters’ and/or Doctoral degree in one or more related fields of study such as Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Professional Counseling. A bilingual therapist is available for therapy for Hispanic clients. Counseling services are provided on a sliding fee scale or at no cost based on family income. In 2017-18, AGAPE Counseling and Psychological Services served 1,092 individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and adults through 11,349 counseling sessions. AGAPE Social Services provides adoption and foster care services as well as unplanned pregnancy support services. Crisis/Temporary foster care is provided for children who have been removed from, or surrendered by their birth parents and for children whose mothers requested temporary foster care for their children. In 2017-18, AGAPE provided foster care for 39 children for 6,396 days and finalized 2 adoptions. Morning Star is a comprehensive domestic violence program with services that include an emergency shelter with 32-beds for women and children, weekly support groups and individual counseling, court advocates in a satellite office in the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center, a mentoring program and a community education program. In 2018, Morning Star served 2,069 individuals (1,835 orders of protection) through its court advocacy program, sheltered 96 women, 95 children, and 6 men in its emergency shelter program, provided support groups that served 49 women and 32 children, and mentoring groups that served 52 adults and 12 children. Funding from The Memorial Foundation provided general support for AGAPE programs and the Morning Star Court Advocacy Program.
The Family Center
The Family Center is licensed and accredited by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services as a Child Abuse Prevention Agency with a mission to break the cycle of child abuse, neglect, and trauma by empowering parents to raise happy, healthy children. Programs include Positive Parenting/Nurturing Family Classes, Nurturing Home In-Home Counseling, Divorcing Parenting Classes and Community Awareness of Advocacy and Trauma Informed Care. Last year, the Center served 2,064 parents affecting 2,181 children. Positive Parenting is an 8 week class helping parents recognize the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on early brain development, how to build resiliency, and positive ways to engage with and support their children. Nurturing Family (companion children’s class for children ages 2-12 years old) provides developmentally appropriate activities coinciding with parent group topics so the family learns skills together. The program targets families with parents at high risk for committing child abuse which can include parents who are incarcerated, completing a substance abuse recovery program, dealing with domestic violence, or referred by the child welfare/legal system. The Center offers 6 Positive Parenting classes per week (90 minutes each) in Davidson Co. in partnership with community partners. Classes at Metro Jail are 6 weeks; all other classes are 8 weeks. Licensed Masters Social Worker staff teach Positive Parenting classes using an evidence informed, research-based curriculum utilizing knowledge and empathy as foundations of responsive parenting. The curriculum, Nurturing Parenting©, focuses on interactive session topics: positive discipline techniques, age-appropriate expectations, fostering positive parent/child interactions, and ACEs. The Nurturing Parenting© curriculum is the only parent education program endorsed by the TN Department of Children’s Services as an effective child abuse prevention program. Last year, the Positive Parenting Program served 576 parents and impacted 934 children in Davidson County (76 children attended Nurturing Family). Funding from The Memorial Foundation provided support for the Positive Parenting/Nurturing Family Program in Davidson County.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.