Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette Street
Nashville TN 37203-4226
Men's shelter
Mission Statement
Following God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves the Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life-degrading problems. Our goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of the community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Thomas A Sass
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1954
Former Names
Nashville Union Rescue Mission
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $12,212,784.00
Projected Annual Revenue $12,644,000.00 (2014)
Statements
Mission Following God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves the Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life-degrading problems. Our goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of the community.
Background In 1953 Dr. Charles Fuller led a revival in Nashville's very own Ryman Auditorium. Each day he walked from his hotel to the Ryman, passing numerous homeless men; some asked him for money, all touched his heart. Seeing the state of homelessness moved Fuller in such a way he began to incorporate it into his sermons. By the end of the week, Dr. Fuller, a radio preacher from California, was given a love offering for his service, which he then returned to the people of Nashville to care for the city's homeless and hurting. Thus in 1954, with the signatures of eleven hundred Nashvillians supporting it, the Nashville Union Mission, now known city-wide as the Nashville Rescue Mission, opened its doors to serve Middle Tennessee's hurting and homeless men warm beds, hot meals and Christian guidance. Serving the physical and spiritual needs of the city's hurting and homeless has long been the commission of the Nashville Rescue Mission. Since the beginning it has desired to provide not only meals and beds, but also support and long-term treatment for men with addictions and other debilitating problems. Throughout the years, the Mission's recovery programs developed and expanded to include a specialized program for young men, called the Anchor Home. Moreover, a little over a decade after the Nashville Union Mission opened, the ground works were laid to extend services to women and children. In 1967, a Ladies Auxiliary gathered to discuss their concern for the growing number of women and children found on Nashville streets. The women worked with the Men's Ministry and in 1968, a women's division opened up on the second floor of the Men's Mission. Within a year of opening, however, it became clear there was not enough room on the second floor of the Men's Mission to care for the women and children. Seeking space for the children to play and privacy for the women, the Women's Mission moved to a location on Demonbreun Street. Four years later, the Ladies Auxiliary was well on its way to providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual counseling to women and their children. In May 1987, this women's ministry formally evolved into the Mission's Family Life Center. Today the Men's Mission is located at the corner of 7th Avenue and Lafayette Street in the old Sears building and the Women's Mission, which includes the Hope Center and the Family Life Center, on Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Impact As stated in the Charter of Incorporation, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Inc. has for its purpose: Glorifying Jesus Christ by providing temporary shelter and food for homeless persons, providing spiritual and material aid to people in need, helping in their recovery and promoting the preaching, teaching and spreading of His Gospel. Following Biblical charges, our purpose is to offer a cup of cold water in Jesus' Name and to offer the Living Water of Jesus Christ.
Needs The Mission is in need of mentors to support men and women in our life recovery program, volunteers with specialized skills such as, electricians, plumbers etc., organizations to help with special fund raising events, individuals and groups to organize clothing and food drives, donations of large quantities of foodstuffs, gifts of larger sizes of men and women’s clothing, help in scheduling speaking events to churches and other groups and the donation of vehicles for resale.   
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Travelers' Aid
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
Board Chair Statement The Mission strives to be a good steward of all gifts given to us to help serve the needy of our community. We are blessed to have generous in-kind donors who make substantial gifts of food, clothing, holiday gifts, medical services, etc. Through our fundraising efforts, in-kind donations provide a major source of support for the Mission, allowing us to maximize each donated dollar for essential services meeting the physical needs of our guest and providing Christian based recovery programs that are designed to help those enslaved to additions and life-defeating problems to find their way out of homelessness. There are many ways to assess the financial integrity of a charity. GivingMatters does not include in-kind donations when calculating the Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue percentage. Excluding this portion of our contributions inflates our cost of fundraising. Our correct fundraising percentage (including in-kind donations) is 18% for 2009 and 19% in 2008. Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org) reports our 2008 fundraising expense at 18.9%. Each year we file an IRS form 990 that discloses our financial information. The Form 990 and our annual audit report of our financial activity can be seen on our website. More importantly, the efficiency of a charity can more appropriately be seen in how effective its programs are. We are very proud of the profound impact that our programs have on the many who participate and how changed their lives are for the better. In addition, in 2011, we provided over 268,000 nights of lodging and served over 662,000 meals to those in need right here in Nashville. An example of how our gift-in-kind enhances our ability to serve more of Nashville’s needy is the amount of donated food we raise. Gifts of food, clothing, equipment and professional services, have real tangible value. Without these donations our ability to serve the many homeless of Nashville would be impeded. We believe that the most appropriate comparison is for fundraising expenses to be viewed in relation to total contributions, not just cash contributions. Please contact us if you have any further questions about our operations.
CEO Statement A lot of folks come and go at the Mission by way of the northeast stairwell of the old Sears building. It serves as the primary entrance for the Mission’s volunteers, guests, staff and men who are in our long-term recovery program. Directly above the stairway’s second landing hangs a portrait of our Lord, Jesus Christ. If you catch the light just right and if the glass has not recently been wiped clean, you will see people’s fingerprints, sometimes layers upon layers of fingerprints, on the glass just over His countenance. Like that picture, the wonderful thing about our different ministries that will set the Nashville Rescue Mission apart, again this year from so many others, is that we constantly strive to keep each program moving onward and upward in touch with Christ. With the current state of our economy, more and more people in Middle Tennessee are finding their way to the Nashville Rescue Mission. For some it’s a hot, nourishing meal served by volunteers choosing to serve Him. The dormitories in our transient shelters will be filled each night with homeless men, women and children needing a clean, safe place to sleep – made possible by partners like you who choose to lift up the poor in honor of our Lord. Men and women in our long-term recovery programs deepen their relationship with Christ in daily Bible studies. And the list goes on… It is your faithful support of the Nashville Rescue Mission that provides us with the means to feed, shelter, clothe and offer Christ-centered programs that exalt our Savior. And as we continue our partnership of ministering together to Nashville’s poor, hungry and homeless, more and more layers of fingerprints will appear on His picture in our stairwell, each bearing a personal testimony that He alone is the Way.
Programs
Description The Anchor Home program helps men ages 18-24 to overcome youthful indiscretions. Some youth make bad decisions before reaching legal age only to find themselves homeless. During their stay at the Anchor Home, our guests are exposed to Christian principles that enable them to overcome life-defeating addictions and problems. While in our life-recovery program, young men are also given the opportunity to participate in our education program in order to improve their academic and employment skills or obtain their GED. A life-recovery graduate contributes to the community by finding gainful employment and moving into stable housing. Most important, a young man is made spiritually whole, with many years ahead of building and growing God’s Commonwealth.
Category Religion Christianity
Population Served Adults, Homeless, Males, all ages or age unspecified
Description The Barnabas House uses a Christian, instead of a clinical, approach to helping men ages 25 and older resolve personal problems and chemical addictions. Life-recovery programs at the Mission require seven months residency in dorms and men must participate in work therapy and biblical instruction. Many undergo detoxification from drug or alcohol addictions and learn abstinence. To get back on their feet, men are offered classes in job preparedness, interviewing skills, financial accountability and interpersonal relationships. They also have the opportunity to take their GED certifications exam. After graduating for the life-recovery program, there is an option to live in SRO (single resident occupancy) housing for a nominal rent until their financial and personal affairs are settled. Our main goal at the Barnabas House is for each man to finish his recover process able to return to society as a productive Christian citizen.
Category
Population Served Male Adults, ,
Description At the Hope Center, women who are emotionally or physically abused, or chemically dependent, can find sanctuary and new life. The women’s life-recovery program includes work therapy, Christian counseling and drug and alcohol detoxification. During the seven-month program, the women live on-campus learning good job-hunting and interviewing skills so they might find a better job upon graduation. They are also given the opportunity to participate in our education program in order to improve their academic and employment skills or obtain their GED. Case managers help these women strengthen their interpersonal relationships. Mothers learn good parenting techniques so that they can help their children break the cycle of intergenerational homelessness and addiction. Most of all, when women graduate from the Hope Center life-recovery program, we aim to return to society as a productive Christian citizen.
Category Religion Christianity
Population Served Female Adults, Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers), Single Parents
Description The Men’s Guest Shelter exists to provide shelter, clothing, food and loving care to all the hurting and needy men in Middle Tennessee, whether they are homeless or not. We endeavor to provide all that we offer from a Christian perspective. Above all, we strive to tell every person who uses our services about the saving love of Jesus Christ. Therefore, if a man eats a single meal, stays a single night, enjoys the Mission’s hospitality for months or, being moved by God’s grace, decides to enter the life-recovery program, our counselors, chaplains and volunteers will be there to serve his needs. One of the main emphases for the Men’s Guest Shelter, beyond presenting the Gospel, is to encourage our guests to join either the Barnabas House or Anchor Home life-recovery program in order to help them return to society as a productive Christian citizen.
Category
Population Served Adults, Homeless,
Description The Family Life Center (FLC) provides Christian support and guidance to homeless women and children. These vulnerable clients receive food, clothing, shelter and deliverance from the streets. The FLC provides life’s basic necessities including such services as daily devotions and chapel services, overnight lodging, bathing facilities, clothing distribution and Christian counseling. One of the main emphases for the FLC beyond presenting the Gospel is to offer our guests the opportunity to enter the Hope Center life-recovery program. We estimate approximately 100 such women will advance from the FLC to the Hope Center life-recovery program this year. Those who remain at the FLC will continue to hear the Gospel message and receive counseling so that they may improve their lives by obtaining gainful employment and housing. Above all, we strive to maintain an atmosphere of privacy, respect and dignity centered on the message and example of Jesus Christ.
Category
Population Served , Homeless,
CEO Comments The Nashville Rescue Mission has provided programs of recovery from life-defeating problems from our beginning in 1954. One of the first things we did was begin an alcohol recovery program. Soon after we began the men’s ministry we saw the need to serve homeless and addicted women. Today the Nashville Rescue Mission serves men, women, boys and girls from ages birth to death. Hardly does a year pass that a young mother doesn’t give birth while being in residence at the Family Life or Hope Centers. Also there is rarely a year that someone doesn’t die while at one of our two facilities. Besides programs of recovery, we offer to meet the basic needs of men, women, boys and girls through shelter, meals, counseling, clothing and practical/spiritual guidance. Annually we see up to 7,000 individuals who seek some kind of help from us. In 2011 we saw 3,514 decisions of some kind for Christ. We served over 662,000 meals, provided over 268,000 safe nights of shelter. Education is paramount in our programs; we offer classes in basic living skills and computer training. We helped 17 gain a GED in 2011.  All of the services we offer are and have been provided free of charge. As you can see in our mission statement, we desire every person we meet to gain a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Although we operate as a Christian ministry we offer our services to all who come to our doors without consideration of their faith or religious preference. You do not have to be a Christian to receive help or be in one of the programs at the Nashville Rescue Mission. We receive no local, state or federal funds.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Thomas A Sass
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Email tom-s@welch.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Sally Burbank M.D.PhysicianVoting
Leisa Byars
Mr. J.V. Crockett IIILawyerVoting
Mrs. Ann Davis RetiredVoting
Ms. Lorena B. Edwards RetiredVoting
Dr. Charles W. Emerson M.D.PhysicianVoting
Mr. Jerry Faulkner CPAVoting
Mr. Em Ghianni RetiredVoting
Mr. Glenn A. Harris Business OwnerVoting
Dr. Fran Hoogestraat EdEUniversity ProfessorVoting
Dr. John W. Lamb M.D.PhysicianVoting
Mr. Robert C. McKinney LaywerVoting
Mr. Chris Milam Optical SalesVoting
Mr. Ted Nichols DellVoting
Mr. Drew Nixon BankerVoting
Mrs. Rosemary Ragan RetiredVoting
Mr. Glen Roberts FarmerVoting
Mr. Robert E. Roehl Jr.TeacherVoting
Mr. Wilbur Sensing Jr.Business OwnerVoting
Mr. Richard Speer Business OwnerVoting
Mr. Ray Stewart GideonsVoting
Mr. Arnold Von Hagen Sr.ArchitectVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Michelle York
Standing Committees
Audit
Building
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Nominating
Strategic Planning
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Boiler & Machinery
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage & Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments

There are five reasons why the Nashville Rescue Mission operates effectively. First and foremost, God’s Grace is upon the ministry of the Mission. Second, there are real, urgent and substantial needs of the affected poor, hungry and homeless. Third, there are literally thousands of generous donors who continue to bless the Mission with their financial resources. Fourth, there are caring volunteers who give of their time and talents to undergird the efforts of the Mission, approximately 6,000 in calendar year 2011. Fifth, the Mission is blessed with a dedicated staff that see their work as their ministry. Interwoven in and through this fabric is the management of the Mission’s board and staff that reflects humble professionalism, solid experience, proper tools with which to conduct needed work and a passion for serving Christ by ministering to the poor, hungry and homeless. The key to the success of managing the Mission rests with its 26-person board, each of whom is solid in their walk with Christ. This quality is the Mission's primary qualification for serving as a trustee. The board practices looking first to the Lord when deliberating policy and procedure and have effectively done so as a team since conception in 1954. The Mission intentionally has no non-discrimination policy, as it requires both board and staff to embrace Christ as their Savior in order to serve the Mission in their respective roles. The Mission has no limit to the number of terms that board members may serve, thereby ensuring the stability associated with long-term experience to buttress the resolve of new trustees. As of December 31, 2011, eight (8) members of the board each have over 20 years experience serving in the capacity of trustees. The collective length of service helps to underscore the “ministry” of the managing staff.

 

Foundation Staff Comments
Nashville Rescue Mission also has the following Standing Committees in place:
 
Medical
Friends of the Mission
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Glenn Cranfield
Term Start Feb 2012
Email gcranfield@nashvillerescuemission.org
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Rader Walker Oct 2001 - Feb 2008
Reverend Donald Worrell Feb 2008 -
Staff
Full Time Staff 103
Part Time Staff 33
Volunteers 6000
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 79%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Aug 2009
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? No
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2002
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability1988
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2008
CEO Comments
There are five reasons why the Nashville Rescue Mission operates efficiently.  First and foremost, God's Grace is upon the ministry of the Mission.  Second, there are real, urgent and substantial needs of the affected poor, hungry, and homeless.  Third, there are literally thousands of generous donors who continue to bless the Mission with their financial resources.  Fourth, there are caring volunteers who give of their time and talents to undergird the efforts of the Mission, approximately 6,000 in calendar year 2011.  Fifth, the Mission is blessed with a dedicated staff that see their work as their ministry.  Interwoven in and through this fabric is the management of the Misison's board and staff that reflect humble professionalism, solid experience, proper tools with which to conduct the needed work and a passion for serving Christ by ministerting to the poor, hungry and homeless.  The key to success of managing the Mission rests with the 26-person Board of Directors, each of whom is solid in their walk with Christ.  This quality is the Mission's primary qualification for serving as a trustee.  The board practices looking first to the Lord when deliberating policy and procedure and have effectively done so as a team since conception in 1954.  The Mission intentionally has a non-discrimination policy, as it requires both staff and board to embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior in order to serve the Mission in their respective roles.  The Mission has no limit to the number of terms that board members may serve, therby ensuring the stability associated with long-term experience to buttress the resolve of new trustees.  As of December 31, 2011, eight (8) members of the board each have over 20 years experience serving in the capacity of trustees.  The collective length of service helps to underscore the "ministry" of the managing staff.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2014
Projected Revenue $12,644,000.00
Projected Expenses $12,212,784.00
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$9,784,270$9,382,250$9,200,025
$0$0$0
$178,491$573,615$193,403
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,503$11,279($8,936)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$3,030,108$2,761,709$2,895,610
Other$63,852$117,692$128,715
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$9,043,182$8,720,543$8,550,590
Administration Expense$1,010,602$856,165$685,400
Fundraising Expense$2,155,586$2,297,301$2,154,465
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.081.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%73%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%24%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$16,301,474$15,701,434$14,432,070
Current Assets$4,013,242$3,437,259$2,926,547
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$424,304$678,118$381,290
Total Net Assets$15,877,170$15,023,316$14,050,780
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.465.077.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $9,784,270Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $9,382,250Contributions (Individuals) $8,805,260
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFees for Property Use & Other Revenue $178,491Program Service Revenue $573,615Gifts-in-kind (In-Kind Contributions) $2,895,610
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInsurance Recovery (Net) $63,852Other Revenue $117,692Bequests (Individuals) $394,765
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Mar 2015
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
**During FY 2010, Nashville Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors approved a change of its Fiscal Year from January 1-Dec 31 to October 1-September 30. Therefore, the 2010 Audit and 990 reflect figures from January-September 2010.
 
Beginning with FY 2010, Financial figures are taken from the audit.
Prior to FY 2010, financial figures were taken from the 990.
Foundation and corporate donations may be included in the Individuals sum, as this information is not broken down in the Audit.
Financial documents were prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard.
Comments provided by Beth Groves 7/29/14
Nonprofit Nashville Rescue Mission
Address 639 Lafayette Street
Nashville, TN 372034226
Primary Phone (615) 255-2475
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Glenn Cranfield
Board Chair Mr. Thomas A Sass
Year of Incorporation 1954
Former Names
Nashville Union Rescue Mission

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