The Memorial Foundation provided 53 grants to nonprofit organizations in the fourth quarter of 2022. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee, such as:
Gallatin Shalom Zone
Gallatin Shalom Zone (GSZ) provides a broad range of services for low-income families in the Clearview Heights community and other underserved neighborhoods of Sumner County. Programs include an after-school enrichment program, summer enrichment camp, leadership development programming for youth, adult education classes (including English as a Second Language and Basic Adult Education), and food assistance provided in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. GSZ operates out of the Union High Resource Center along with 8 other local nonprofit agencies in Sumner County. Funding from the Memorial Foundation will provide general program support in 2022-23.
Blind Early Services TN
Blind Early Services TN (BEST) provides early intervention services, parent mentoring and training, and parent and family support for children from birth to age 6 with blindness, low vision, and other disabilities/developmental delays. BEST is the first resource in the state serving families of children under the age of 3 with blindness or vision impairment. All services are provided by Developmental Therapists, Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired, and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists. Families are primarily referred by Tennessee Early Intervention Services and receive services free of charge. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will provide general program support in 2022-23.
Renewal House provides treatment, housing, and healing for women and their children affected by substance use disorders. In 2022-23, funding from The Memorial Foundation will support:
• Family Residential Program (34 apartments) – includes treatment, case management, mental health counseling, parenting and life skills education, and employment assistance for pregnant or parenting mothers (up to two children aged 10 and younger). Children can receive services including play therapy, evidence-based early intervention, academic tutoring, and substance-use prevention services.
• Intensive Outpatient Program – licensed, gender-specific substance abuse treatment provided for women regardless of their pregnancy/parenting status. Services are provided in-person and via telehealth and include individual case management and educational groups such as relapse prevention, parenting, recovery wellness, and vocational skills.
• Affordable Recovery Housing (15 apartments) – permanent housing in a sober living environment provided below market rate for low-income women in recovery and their children. Eligible women have at least 6 months in recovery, demonstrate financial stability, and commit to sober living. The average length of stay is 3 years. A project to remodel and convert 17 additional units will be completed during FY2022-23.
Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.