Our Vision for 2018:
- Provide the needy in Nashville with nutritious food on a regular basis – Purchase or lease our own 26 foot refrigeration truck. This enables us to expand our weekly food run to 3 times per week. This will enable us to serve up to 3000 Nashville residents each week, with 2-3 days worth of produce and grocery items!
- Help ensure that Nashville children are well-fed, even on the weekends- Continue weekend meal delivery for local Nashville schools. Expand to more schools if given the opportunity.
- Have the flexibility to deliver goods whenever needed- Upgrade our bus to a more current model for small load deliveries.
- Reduce language barriers in the workforce- Hire a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, and hold a 12-week course in English education for adult learners. The course will be held 3 times annually
- Empower adult learners- Hire a certified TN teacher to hold a 12-week GED preparation course, meeting twice a week. The course will be held 3 times annually.
- Care for children and families- Establish an affordable day care in the facility behind Due West Towers, enabling parents with young children to participate fully in their education and employment.
- Equip people with skills needed in the job force- Provide 4 week skills courses in medical aid, culinary arts/restaurant management, and childcare services, as participants shadow volunteers and employees in our kitchen, clinic, and day care.
- Equip people with self-defense competency- Continue and expand our martial arts program to 12 week courses, held 3 times annually.
- Inspire women to maintain active lifestyles- Continue and expand our women’s fitness program to 12 week courses, held 3 times annually.
- Break the cycle of addiction- host a Celebrate Recovery class on a weekly basis, for people who struggle with drug, alcohol, or other addictive behavior
- Educate people about health and wellness- Host a free nutrition course to inform people of healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
- Provide medical services- Convert part of our building into a free, walk-in medical clinic to provide care for minor conditions and consulation services.
- Bring people together to make connections and meet needs- Twice a year, host a community “block party” for the city of Madison, including food, games, prizes, as well as featuring local artists and area businesses.
- Empower people to grow their own food- Establish a community garden in which area residents can learn to plant, cultivate, and harvest fresh produce.
- Provide clothing to the community- Establish a community clothes closet where donated clothing is sorted, organized, and made available to the Madison community.
- Bring people together over a meal- create a full-service restaurant style kitchen, where the menu has no prices. Patrons may give a donation for their meal, and those that are unable to donate may donate an hour of their time in the kitchen, helping to clean dishes, and stock food items.
- Facilitate short-term housing in emergency situations- Coordinate with local shelters and hotels for short-term, emergency stays.
- Assist in Individualized Assessment Advancement- provide supplemental funding for those needing to complete exams or tests in order to obtain final certifications.
- Partner with local businesses to create stable job opportunities- In tandem with our skills training courses, establish good relationships with area businesses and help to place worthy applicants in stable job environments.
- Targeted transitional living- Purchase and renovate at least one complete floor at Due West Towers, in order to provide long-term transitional housing for those wishing to break the cycle of poverty, with the ultimate goal of graduates who have a steady income, necessary social and economic skills, and ability to sustain rent and bills.
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