The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 217 nonprofit organizations in 2017. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Faith Family Medical Clinic
Established in 2001, Faith Family Medical Clinic provides affordable, primary medical care, health education, counseling services and wellness programs for uninsured and underinsured working people. Patients are seen by appointment only and Clinic services include family medicine, diagnostic lab testing, basic x-ray, health education, free wellness programming, and individual & family counseling services. The Clinic has an established referral network of specialist physicians (over 160 local specialists), diagnostic imaging centers, and hospitals that have agreed to see patients at a significantly reduced fee or at no cost. Through a partnership with Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and a national prescription assistant program, the Clinic provides patients with needed medications at affordable rates through prescription assistance plans. Last year, the Clinic provided primary medical care to 3,000 patients (approx. 9,000 patient visits); 833 of these patients were new; provided patients with 212 counseling sessions; distributed $4,385,469 of free medications for patients; made 720 referrals to specialists and 570 imaging referrals; and, served 377 patients (1,517 patient encounters) through their Journey to Health free wellness program which included 113 retinal eye exams, 144 nutrition consultations, and chronic disease days which included 6 Diabetes Days and 4 Hypertension Days. Grant funding from The Memorial Foundation helps supplement the cost for patient care services.
Youth Villages provides a continuum of services for at risk children and their families through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and special needs adoption services, residential treatment, group homes, transitional living services (YVLifeSet), specialized crisis services, and mentoring. Youth Villages has been providing its YVLifeSet Program (formerly named Transitional Living Program) in Middle TN since 2000 for young adults, ages 17-22, who “age out” of the foster care system. These young adults face almost double the rates of homelessness and unemployment than young people who have not been in the foster care system. This program, which is supported by The Memorial Foundation, provides intensive in-home support and guidance needed to make a successful transition to adulthood. YVLifeSet Counselors help youth identify their goals and provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain stable housing and productive activity (work or educational program), practice a healthy lifestyle, access medical services, remain free from legal involvement, and become self-sufficient, productive adults. Last year, YVLifeSet served 664 youth in Middle TN. Recent outcomes for youth 12 months after discharge include: 98% of youth are living at home with family or independently in the community; 90% report no trouble with the law; 86% are in school, graduated from high school or in HiSET classes; and 84% are employed or seeking employment. 86 Middle TN youth graduated from high school this past spring and summer; 26 youth are participating in the YV Scholars and attending four-year colleges, including Belmont, MTSU, American Baptist College, APSU and Trevecca. Grant funds from The Memorial Foundation will be used for general support and emergency needs (food, clothing, transportation, housing & utilities, medical), employment and educational needs (YV Scholars), and travel expenses to counseling sessions, job fairs, college tours, and other community activities.
YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee
For over 100 years, the YWCA has provided services to improve the lives of women and girls with programs that focus on creating a better quality of life for themselves and their families, achieving self-sufficiency, and increasing their financial strength. Programs include domestic violence shelter and services, adult education, and youth services. The Memorial Foundation funding provides general support to the following initiatives:
- YWCA Domestic Violence Services provides a continuum of services for women and children living with or fleeing domestic violence. Services are offered free of charge and include a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, counseling, case management, a 25-unit transitional housing program, community support groups, and community outreach and education. YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center is a 51-bed emergency shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. This Center provides confidential 24-hour emergency and short-term residential shelter, therapeutic and addictions counseling, individual/family case management, free on-site medical care, food, clothing, and transportation. Last year, YWCA Domestic Violence Services provided 16,644 nights of safety to 271 women and 197 children. 85% of the women and 71% of the children (over age 5) served identified a safety plan. YWCA answered 4,833 crisis calls through its 24-hour crisis and information line. 82% of callers increased immediate safety by developing an individualized safety plan over the phone.
- Girls Inc. is an intervention program offered free of charge for girls that utilizes a research-based curriculum, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals, to help them achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Last year, Girls Inc. served 404 girls through its in-school and after-school programming at 12 locations within the Antioch High, Hunters Lane High, Maplewood High and Pearl Cohn High school clusters. 71% increased financial skills and 70% learned critical thinking/problem solving skills.
- Dress for Success Nashville will help 100 low-income, unemployed women transition to self-sufficiency by providing professional apparel, career development services and ongoing employment retention programs to help them thrive in work, home and community. This program served 170 low-income women last year.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.