The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 67 nonprofit organizations during the second quarter of 2017. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Adventure Science Center Nashville
The Adventure Science Center is committed to excellence in the areas of education, exhibits, and community outreach. The Center strives to increase access to science, math, and technology education to provide a foundation for both technical and professional careers. In an effort to increase visitation and remain scientifically and technologically relevant to the education community and visitors of all ages, grant funding will allow the Center to expand programmatic exhibit area innovations and enhance technology by: relocating the early childhood learning gallery; retiring two aging exhibits; creating six virtual reality stations that will provide new quarterly experiential learning content; preparing space for dynamic Nashville-centric temporary exhibits; and expanding the Goldner Gallery for larger space to accommodate renowned temporary exhibits curated from other larger science centers such as Chicago Field Museum’s “Nature Unleashed”: exhibit. The project will create 3,600 sq. ft. of space that will be utilized by the virtual reality stations and new temporary exhibits to encourage repeat visits, keep content fresh, and offer a more dynamic visitor experience in areas such as robotics, health and wellness, music, engineering, energy and earth sciences.
The Renewal House was established in 1996 to provide a licensed, long-term residential recovery community for women with substance-use addictions and their children. Renewal House owns and operates a 32-unit apartment facility which provides mothers and their child(ren) with a safe, stable, drug-free environment where they can heal, grow and be a family. Primary services include drug-free residential housing, outpatient treatment, case management, and education/training. The Family Residential Program, with 17 available apartments, will serve 40 substance-addicted mothers and their children for 6-15 months followed by after-care case management for up to six months. Program includes drug-free housing, case management, licensed intensive outpatient addiction treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for impulse control and distress tolerance, mental health counseling and medication management, parenting, life skills, job readiness training and employment placement assistance, and assistance in arranging permanent housing. Children services include comprehensive assessment and case management to determine any intervention needs, play therapy, academic tutoring, and substance-use prevention services. The Affordable Recovery Housing Apartments provides rental housing in a safe, alcohol and drug-free environment for women with at least six months in recovery and their children. Each of the 15 two-bedroom apartments rents below market value. Most of the tenants are graduates of the Residential Program. The Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program provides gender-specific drug and alcohol addiction treatment for more than 70 women each year licensed by the state of TN. Women are referred to this program from the Residential Program and from other community agencies. Clients participate in nine hours of educational and therapeutic group sessions each week for 12-15 weeks.
Youth Encouragement Services
For over 50 years, Youth Encouragement Services (Y.E.S.) has sought to develop children, ages 5-18 years old, in inner city Nashville academically, physically, spiritually and socially. After School and Summer Programs are offered at two locations near the J.C. Napier/Tony Sudekum Housing Developments and the Woodbine Community on weekday afternoons during the school year and all day, Monday – Friday during the summer for 150 youth ages 5 to 18 years old. Y.E.S. transports students to the Center and provides a healthy snack after school and during the summer they also provide breakfast and lunch. Specific services at the Centers include: homework assistance, tutoring, sports, life and job skills classes, arts and crafts, computer training, field trips to sports and cultural events, service projects for older youth, and other enrichment activities. The Y.E.S. Reading Program works with below grade level 2nd through 5th grade students in small groups for two hours each week. In 2016, 80% of participating youth had at least a twelve-month gain in reading proficiency. Other signature programs in 2016 included a back to school supply giveaway for 200+ youth, basketball and soccer leagues which had 225 youth participate, and a Christmas store which provided toys and clothes to 200+ families in need.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.