An interview with Charles Starks, President & CEO
Tell us how you first got involved with the Mission:
Before opening the Music City Center in 2013, we were looking for a partner to donate unused prepared food or excess inventory. Given the proximity, Nashville Rescue Mission was not only logical, but a natural choice based on their mission.
What do you think is the most important thing the Mission does?
The Mission is so much more than just a place to sleep and eat. The Mission also offers compassion, provides education, and gives hope to individuals in need of a helping hand.
What do you think people need to know about giving to Nashville Rescue Mission?
Over the years, we have employed several individuals who were either currently or had previously lived at the Mission. If you could listen to their stories about the role the Mission has played in getting them back on their feet, you would realize any donation is directly helping people. I also suggest taking a tour of the Mission, sit down with a couple of residents, hear their stories— you’ll be convinced.
How has supporting the Mission impacted you?
Our staff is delighted knowing that when they save food, it will go to the Mission and feed the residents. Just knowing in some small way that we are helping feed our most vulnerable individuals is inspiring.