Since Nashville's Super Tuesday Tornado & COVID-19 we came realize there was a greater need within the encampments around Nashville than ever before. Most resources were cut off due to COVID-19. We met with other organizations to come up with a strategic way to engage those who were not receiving the help they desperately needed. We specifically help with camps Downtown, in west Nashville, in north Nashville, in Donelson and in Hermitage.
On an average day, there are 100-150 encampments in Nashville. There isn't one reason or one solution for those staying in these encampments. There can be some very traumatic stories and experiences that led to our friends being in this season of life. We treat everyone with dignity and honor, and allow for growth in our relationships. We do not make assumptions, or judgements, but we come to listen and to help shed light on long term resources that could possibly help with certain situations.
We come with food, drink and emergency supplies. We also show up to remind them that they are not forgotten. We want to let people know that they have people to walk alongside them, if that is something they are wanting. Housing navigation, job applications, social security applications, medical appointments are some of the resources we can help pave the way towards.
Our goal is to be a resource, as well as a friend and support. We are building relationships with our friends in the camps, and assisting where we can. From simply getting them the oreos or yogurt they have been craving to getting them ID's and getting them in place to receive housing, we do this in love and honor for the individuals we serve.
If you'd like to get involved with this specific outreach email our Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.