Building for Women & Children
It’s true that homelessness has taken on many faces. The most recent count on Nashville homeless revealed that approximately 2,300 persons were on the streets or in homeless shelters, (most, if not all, service providers believe the “hidden homeless” would drive this count much higher) with 30% of that number being women and children.
Now in our 55th year, the Nashville Rescue Mission has met both short and long-term needs that change lives, and today, right now, the more you and our community gets involved, the more will be done to provide hope and healing for homeless women and children.
People are needed who will not criticize or be suspect of the women who are homeless, but who will accept them where they are. Compassion and understanding will help take the women to a new and better chapter in their lives, filled with hope and a clear direction.
Making Women & Children a Priority
This is why in 2009, the year of our 55th Anniversary, the Nashville Rescue Mission is placing a priority on meeting the needs of the homeless women and children in our community—through Transforming Lives.
Transforming Lives is a program that will dramatically influence the lives of homeless women and children for years to come. Transforming means dramatic change, and that is exactly what will happen in the lives of the homeless who are assisted through the facilities and programs that will come about as a result of this special endeavor. While the plan outlines the need for new and renovated facilities, the true purpose for this lies in its impact on the city of Nashville through the changed lives of homeless women and children.
Need for Expanded Women’s Facilities
The leadership of the Mission believes God has prepared the way for the Mission to do more than ever to impact the lives of homeless women and children. As the facilities expand through this program, more people of the least of His will be provided the “hand up” they need to break the cycle of despair in which they have lived—sometimes for generations.
Transforming Lives has three goals:
• Construct a transitional house for women who complete the life-recovery program. It is hoped that this will be the first of three such facilities.
• Expand the Family Life Center to house 213 women, including mothers with older sons.
• Expand the Hope Center to include 18 additional beds for women and children.
We are eager to see what God can do as we move forward with the solid support from the Nashville community. Together, we can make a very significant difference in the lives of this and succeeding generations.
Join the Mission in Transforming Lives
We invite you to join us as we embark on this journey to fulfill the mission of the Nashville Rescue Mission:
Following God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, the Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life-degrading problems. The goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of their community.