Quarterly News

The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 58 nonprofit organizations during the third quarter of 2018. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.

American Cancer Society – Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge

American Cancer Society’s Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge opened in September 2004 to provide temporary, no cost housing for cancer patients treated on an outpatient basis. Patients and family members can stay as long as the patient is undergoing active treatment. The Hope Lodge has 41 guest rooms each with a private bath and is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. In addition to the kitchen and dining facilities, The Lodge provides an exercise room, a library and resource center, and laundry facilities. Shuttle transportation services are provided free of charge to area cancer treatment facilities. Last year, the Hope Lodge provided 1,394 cancer patients and their families with 18,437 nights of free lodging while they were seeking medical treatment in the Nashville area. Utilizing the Lodge’s van, volunteers provided 3,840 shuttle trips to enable cancer patients to access the treatment they needed; and, 172 volunteer community dinner groups prepared over 6,000 meals. Since opening in 2004, the Lodge has provided over 172,000 free nights of stay to more than 12,000 cancer patients. Memorial Foundation funding will support needed upkeep of the Lodge facilities to continue serving cancer patients and their families.

Grace Place Ministry

Grace Place Ministry serves as a shelter and long-term recovery program for single mothers and their children (3 months-13 years old) who are experiencing homelessness throughout Sumner County. The Ministry’s mission is to empower impoverished single mothers and their children toward developing healthy, safe, and independent lives in the community. Since opening, they have served forty families. Grace Place provides trauma-informed services including shelter; food; personal hygiene items; transportation; resume and job skill training; health/dental screenings and health care coordination; financial literacy education and accountability; advanced computer skill training; peer and professional counseling; parenting classes; Bible studies; PEACH Children’s Program (Physical & Emotional Awareness for Children who are Homeless); and after school tutoring program for school-aged children. Grace Place offers an Extended One Year Graduate Program for Shelter graduates who are unable to find affordable housing solutions or in need of improving their credit history, the ability to live in one of three independent transitional apartments for up to a year. Memorial Foundation funding provides support for the Grace Place Shelter Program and the Grace Place Graduate Program.

Martha O’Bryan Center

Martha O’Bryan Center is a community resource center that offers programs in youth development, reading achievement, family education, adult education, career & employment, and family and community services. The Center primarily serves residents of the James A. Cayce Homes and surrounding East Nashville neighborhoods serving approximately 9,000 people annually. The Center also operates two K-8 charter schools: East End Preparatory and Explore! Community School. Funding from the Memorial Foundation provides support for the Center’s Academic Student Unions at Stratford Middle, Stratford High and Maplewood High Schools that provide individualized case management and college preparation services to help middle/high school students achieve graduation and post-secondary success. Last year, these Academic Student Unions served 112 students at Stratford Middle, 449 students at Stratford High School and 209 students at Maplewood High School. 93% of high school senior participants in these Academic Student Unions graduated; 84% of the seniors who chose to apply to college (274 students) were accepted in college. Since the inception of the Academic Student Unions, 97.4% of participants have graduated on time, which has helped increase Stratford’s graduation rate from 64.9% to 86.2% and Maplewood’s rate from 68.4% to 76%. Since inception, Academic Student Union graduates have been awarded $62.3 million in scholarships.

Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.