Following God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, 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.
In 1954, the Mission opened its doors to provide food, clothing and shelter to homeless men in the Nashville community. In 1968, the Mission expanded to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of homeless women and children in the community.
Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing hope for today, tomorrow and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting in Middle Tennessee.
Our work impacts the homeless community in Nashville on a daily basis. We serve over 2,000 meals each day and have over 1,000 beds available each night. We expect to serve over 660,000 meals and provide more than 300,000 nights of shelter throughout 2015. In 2014, we saw 23,269 volunteer engagements. The lasting, transformational impact that we see at Nashville Rescue Mission includes witnessing the chronically homeless transition into permanent housing, the single mother provide a safe haven for her children, broken families reunited, addictions overcome, and Biblical healing pursued.
We are in consistent need of financial donations, gifts-in-kind and volunteers. It costs $2.26 to provide a meal (and more) for one individual. Ongoing needed gifts-in-kind include canned goods, other food items, clothing, toiletries, and more. In addition, we have continual volunteer opportunities in several different areas. Almost any skill or passion can be utilized in a serving capacity at Nashville Rescue Mission.
Nashville Rescue Mission exists to help others know the saving grace of Jesus, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life, and become a positive part of the community. At Nashville Rescue Mission we focus on three distinct areas of ministry:
· Hope for Today
· Hope for Tomorrow
· Hope for Eternity
We offer those in need Hope for Today by meeting their emergency needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Hope for Tomorrow takes it to the next step. Once immediate needs are met, through case management we assess an individual’s situation and develop a plan just for them to take them out of the situation they are now in and help them make plans for tomorrow. “Hope for Eternity” is the umbrella under which we operate. We are always going to show radical hospitality and point those in need of hope to the one who is the source of hope… Jesus Christ.
I am honored to be the seventh CEO in Nashville Rescue Mission’s long history. This legacy of leadership is a tribute to the success and stability of Nashville Rescue Mission, and to the belief in the importance of our ministry held in common with us by our supporters and volunteers over the past decades. Personally, I am truly humbled to lead the incredibly talented and dedicated people who work for and volunteer at the Mission.
It is a joy and privilege to serve with a Board of Directors genuinely concerned about the homeless and hurting in our community. The Mission is Christ’s hands extended to the hurting, homeless, and poor of Middle Tennessee. Only eternity will reveal the true impact on the men, women, and children who come through our doors each day. Lives have been transformed, families have been restored, jobs have been secured, housing has been found, relationships have been mended, and souls have been added to the Kingdom.
Hope Lives Here—is not just a tagline at Nashville Rescue Mission. We truly are in the business of giving the homeless, hurting, and hopeless—Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, and Hope for Eternity.
In order for hearts to be open to change, we must first meet the physical needs of the people we serve. We seek to address poverty, hopelessness, and homelessness in a way that is both transformational and Christ-centered. We must give hope for today through addressing the issues of homelessness and hunger before we can look toward tomorrow.
If you or your loved ones are in immediate need of food, clothing, or shelter, Nashville Rescue Mission serves 3 hot meals a day and is open 365 days a year. You are welcome here.
Emergency Services Include:
Hot Showers & Personal Hygiene
The Life Recovery Program is an intense, comprehensive, Christ-centered program designed to help men and women (18 and over) understand the reasons behind their struggle with addiction, homelessness, and other broken lifestyles—and what steps they need to take to rebuild their life on a solid foundation rooted in God’s Word and long-lasting solutions.
The Mission’s program doesn’t focus on just one part of a person’s life—we believe it’s important to affect a person’s entire life—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social. We are committed to restoring the whole person through a Christian approach that helps the homeless and addicted learn how much God loves them and gain the Biblical insight they need to lead a productive life in and for Christ.
The program includes:
Christian Counseling Work Therapy Addiction Education Anger Management Financial Planning Physical Fitness Marriage & Parenting Enrichment Bible Classes Grief & Loss HiSET™ Classes (Test for High School Equivalency diploma) Computer Classes
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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