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The Memorial Foundation provided 54 grants to nonprofit organizations in the fourth quarter of 2021. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee.

Renewal House

Renewal House provides housing and support for women with substance use disorders and their children. In 2022, they will complete construction on a new 34-unit residential facility that will double current capacity. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will support the following trauma-informed services in 2021-22:

  • Family Residential Program – includes treatment, case management, mental health counseling, parenting and life skills education, and employment assistance for pregnant or parenting mothers in recovery. Children can receive services including play therapy, evidence-based early intervention, academic tutoring, and substance-use prevention services.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program – licensed, gender-specific program provided for women regardless of their pregnancy/parenting status. Services include individual case management and educational groups such as relapse prevention, parenting, recovery wellness, and vocational skills.
  • Affordable Recovery Housing – permanent housing in a sober living environment provided below market rate for low-income women in recovery and their children.

UpRise Nashville

UpRise provides education, training, and a supportive community for unemployed and under-employed Nashville residents seeking financial self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will support their 7-month workforce development program in 2021-22. Programming includes:

  • Training Camp – intensive 5-week course designed to help participants build core competencies in a supportive community. Skills practiced include interviewing, resume writing, digital literacy, teamwork, conflict resolution, and healthy boundaries at work and home.
  • Job Skills Development – higher education or vocational certification training for graduates of Training Camp. Participants can receive certifications such as Medical Billing and Coding, Clinical Medical Assisting, or a Commercial Driver’s License while receiving regular career coaching and job placement services. UpRise pays any tuition that is not federally funded.
  • Community Development – a supportive community to provide guidance in areas such as budgeting, networking, and workplace competencies. Participants can also attend bi-weekly dinners with UpRise students, families, staff, and volunteers.

GOAL Collective

The GOAL Collective (Growing Opportunities for Adult Learners) is a group of approximately 14 adult education providers working together to improve adult education and literacy rates within Nashville. GOAL estimates that fewer than 1% of the 250,000 Nashville residents who would benefit from adult education support are currently enrolled in a local program. The GOAL Collective seeks to triple the number of adults achieving their educational goals by 2025 and create a system-driven network to better serve more students. The target population includes Davidson County adults outside of the K-12 school system who have low literacy, are without a high-school diploma, and/or are English-language learners.  GOAL’s Steering Committee is led by the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, the Nashville Public Library, and Begin Anew. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will support a shared data system that will help partners centralize intake capabilities, support interagency referrals, reduce duplication efforts, streamline outcomes for individual providers, and scale alongside the collective.

Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.