Memorial Foundation provided 44 grants to nonprofit organizations in the fourth quarter of 2023. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee, such as:
Dismas House provides safe and affordable housing, a sober living environment, and comprehensive wraparound support services for men ages 18 and older being released from incarceration. Men in the reentry program receive individual and group therapy, relapse prevention programming, weekly wellness classes, physical health care, and case management support as they progress towards independence. The recidivism rate for Dismas House graduates was 6% after 2 years, compared to the state average of 39%. Funding from Memorial Foundation will support health and wellness services in the reentry program in 2023-24.
HOPE Family Health
HOPE Family Health provides quality primary medical care, behavioral healthcare, and access to dental and pharmacy services for underserved residents in rural Middle TN. HOPE accepts insurance and offers sliding scale fees for uninsured and under-insured patients so that no patient is denied care due to inability to pay. Last year, HOPE served over 4,800 patients through more than 18,000 patient visits. In 2023-24, HOPE will expand behavioral and primary health care services to three new sites to help support local hospitals in Gallatin, Hartsville, and Lafayette. Funding from Memorial Foundation will support expansion efforts in Gallatin.
Nashville Dolphins provides adaptive aquatic programming to children and adults with disabilities. Swimmers have the opportunity to practice water safety awareness, develop physical fitness, gain confidence, build friendships, and compete on a team. All programs are provided free of charge for participants of all ages. Last year, Nashville Dolphins served nearly 200 swimmers, with an additional 300 swimmers on the waitlist. Funding from the Memorial Foundation will support adaptive aquatic programming in 2023-24.
Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.