The Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 58 nonprofit organizations in the second quarter of 2019. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.
Byrum-Porter Senior Center
The Byrum-Porter Senior Center provides social activities and meeting facilities for approximately 900 senior citizens who reside in northeast Robertson County and the surrounding area. The Center seeks to enhance their lives in six areas: physical, economical, civic, social, emotional and educational. Membership is provided at no annual fee. The Center, open 5 days a week from 8a to 4p, is active with various programs and activities for its senior members throughout the year including: weekly evening dances, multiple fitness and yoga classes, card and board games, Birthday BINGO, karaoke, foot care, massage, potlucks, free income tax assistance, and other educational classes such as painting are a part of their monthly schedule. They take multiple monthly trips including visits to local museums, gardens, produce trips, or places to eat and socialize. They also take special tour trips to places such as: Washington DC, Miami/Key West, Charleston, Ireland, Canadian Islands, and Mackinac Island. Each fall, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIPS) comes to the Center to present new Medicare information and the Center has a Health Fair with help from the NorthCrest Hospital in Springfield. The Memorial Foundation funding provides general program support and Center upgrades.
Nashville Children’s Alliance
Nashville Children’s Alliance (NCA) was established in 1992 to reduce the trauma of child abuse victims and their families. NCA is a fully accredited child advocacy center by the National Children’s Alliance and facilitates a comprehensive multidisciplinary team called the Davidson County Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT). The CPIT consists of representatives from the Office of the District Attorney General, Metro Police Department, Juvenile Court, and the Department of Children’s Services to help coordinate the detection, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. In 2018, CPIT met 48 times and reviewed 1,169 child abuse cases. NCA also provides a safe, private, caring place where a child alleged of being abused can tell their story. Programs and services are provided free of charge and include trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy and advocacy for children of abuse, support groups for children and non-offender parents, tracking cases being prosecuted, community education and awareness, and forensic interviews that are video-taped, age appropriate, non-leading and legally defensible for children alleged of being abused. All services are offered in English and Spanish. In 2018, 624 children were interviewed by a forensic interviewer; 124 children were served in individual therapy (2,144 sessions); 482 families received family advocacy services; and, 29 non-offending parent support group sessions were provided for 8 parents/caregivers. 80% who completed individual therapy services decreased identified symptoms and increased improved functioning and/or positive coping at home and at school as evidenced by parent report and/or the pre and post-test trauma assessment tool. In January 2019, the Center moved to the new Family Safety Center and is now co-located with DCS, the DA’s Office, the Metro Police Department and Domestic Violence Unit. The Memorial Foundation funding provides general program support.
Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry
The Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry (TPOM) is a faith-based prison ministry that serves the incarcerated and recently released inmates in local prisons. The Memorial Foundation funding provides general program support to TPOM which offers the following types of services to address incarceration and its negative impact on families and communities:
- In-Prison Services – TPOM staff and over 500 volunteers teach faith-based classes using a curriculum which includes overcoming substance abuse, decision-making, anger management, and healthy parenting skills to inmates in 11 of 14 state prisons and in jails in 25 of 95 Tennessee Counties. TPOM volunteers mentor the incarcerated and provides continued mentoring for the released offenders and his/her family for one year with the goal of lowering recidivism.
- Re-Entry Services – open to anyone released from incarceration within one year at no cost. Following completion of a one-week mandatory orientation course, TPOM will provide case management services for one year to guide their successful reintegration to the community which includes: intensive vocational training, job placement with over 300 local employers, individual/family counseling by Lipscomb University Master’s level counseling interns, one-on-one mentoring, and Celebrate Recovery (a 12-step program). In 2018, 221 men and women were served in the Re-Entry Services with 87 completing the intensive job program (94% were placed in a full-time job within 10 days of completing course with an average starting salary of $15.50 per hour). The recidivism rate of their graduates is 10%.
- Transitional Housing – In June 2017, TPOM opened a newly constructed 16-bed house for men. Residents are required to attend job-training classes, counseling and support groups offered at the Re-Entry Center for up to four-months. In 2018, 56 men entered Transitional Housing with 24 graduating and 9 set to graduate in 2019. A 16-bed transitional house for women is now under construction, scheduled for early 2020 completion.
- Youth Services – programming offered to support children who have incarcerated parents. Children have a volunteer family provide support and encouragement, receive school supplies at the beginning of school, gifts at Christmas, and children ages 8-17 old can participate in a free summer camp.
Together, these and other recipient organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.