THE JOURNEY HOME
(615) 809-2643 | lovegodservepeople.org | 308 W. Castle St.
The Journey Home remains open and steadfast in its determination to serve the homeless and disadvantaged in Rutherford County during the pandemic.
Scott Foster, founder and executive director, explained that for some, The Journey Home is all they have. Closing is not an option he would even consider. Providing for basic needs and assisting with housing is vital to this community of people, and only then can they begin healing.
Clients’ needs are identified through an assessment and referrals are provided for services needed to rebound from homelessness. The Journey Home works to place people in its Rapid Rehousing or Supportive Housing Programs. When someone becomes rehoused, the consistency of services increases dramatically.
At the heart of these services are the volunteers. More than 1,500 people volunteer annually. Teams cook and serve in the Community Café providing meals seven days a week. Others provide informal mentoring, help with office support, sort clothes and work in the clothes closet, assist with job searches, help with laundry, referrals, and provide maintenance on the properties operated by The Journey Home.
How Can You Help? Volunteer
• The Journey Home Café — Groups of 5-10 are needed to provide and serve breakfast, lunch or supper for 25-60 people and clean up following service seven days a week.
• Clothes Closet — Volunteers are needed to sort, organize, and assist 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.
• Building & Maintenance — Volunteers are needed to fix HVAC, plumbing, and electrical and to build fences, porches, landscaping and gardening.
• Outreach Center — Volunteers are needed to help in the office, check in clients, and help with laundry 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.
For information, contact Lisbeth Couser, Director of Development, at LCouser@LoveGodServePeople.org or call (615) 809-2644.
AMERICAN RED CROSS | 501 Memorial Blvd. | (615) 893-4272
Home fires take seven lives each day in the U.S., most often in homes without working smoke alarms. The Red Cross offers emergency financial assistance, food, relief items, health and mental health services and one-on-one support to connect people to recovery assistance following a home fire.
There are also training course offered that provide fire safety education. Most courses are offered online, and life-saving courses like CPR, AED and First Aid are offered. This year, local Red Cross volunteers have helped more than 1,025 families affected by single and multi-family home fires in Tennessee. For home fire safety resources and tips, go to www.redcross.org/fire or download the free Red Cross Emergency App.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER | (615) 867-9000 | cacrutherford.org
Donations Needed: Disinfecting cleaning supplies, masks, paper towels, toilet tissue paper and bottled water. Contact the office to make arrangements to drop off donations.
THE FAMILY CENTER | familycentertn.org | (615) 890-4673 | 115 Heritage Park Drive
Donations Needed: Times have been tough for families everywhere and children need your help now more than ever. Join the Sustainer's Circle with a monthly gift that helps prevent childhood trauma. Gifts will be matched 1:1 up to $20,000 between now and the end of September! For more information, go to www.familycentertn.org/how-you-can-help/
MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES | (615) 542-4371 | mindful-care.org
Mindful Care Adult Day Services addresses the needs of people who are victims of Alzheimer’s and other compromised-memory issues. Mindful Care works to maintain the highest quality of life possible for participants. For families struggling to provide care for a loved one at home, Mindful Care provides a much-needed break to rest, run errands, and even to hold down a job. It is the only local, licensed non-profit program for people exclusively age 55 or older.
Those who wish to make a donation to Mindful Care may do so by visiting www.mindful-care.org or sending a check to Mindful Care, PO Box 332966, Murfreesboro, TN, 37133.
NOURISH FOOD BANK | nourishfoodbanks.org | 1809 Memorial Blvd. | (615) 203-3693
Volunteers Needed: Sign up online for the Murfreesboro or Smyrna site at www.signup.com/Group/408463194062
READ TO SUCCEED | ReadToSucceed.org | (615) 738-READ
Volunteers Needed: ESL (English Second Language) teachers who are comfortable teaching online using various platforms. Fall ESL classes will be conducted online, twice a week, for 1½-2 hours. The next tutor training is a two-night series happening virtually on Tuesday, July 21 and July 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
After completing the training, you can begin teaching ESL students. To learn more and sign up for the free training, email Elizabeth White, Adult Literacy Coordinator, email@example.com.
SPECIAL KIDS | (615) 893.4892 | specialkidstn.com
Donations Needed: Medical (non-latex) gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes/spray.
Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide? Contact Kristina Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.