Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette Street
Nashville TN 37203-4226
Mission Statement

Providing hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, hurting, and homeless.

CEO/Executive Director Rev. Glenn Cranfield
Board Chair Mrs. Leisa Byars
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Goddard School
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1954
Former Names
Nashville Union Rescue Mission
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $10,884,358.00
Projected Annual Revenue $11,187,707.00 (2017)

Providing hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, hurting, and homeless.


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 providing hope for today, tomorrow, and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting.


Our work impacts the homeless community in Nashville on a daily basis. We serve over 1,800 meals each day and have over 1,000 beds available each night. In 2016, volunteers donated 62,537 hours of work, we served 603,516 meals, and provided 292,570 nights of safe lodging. 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.


There is always an opportunity to help someone in need. Donations, whether it is financial or through material goods (canned goods, other food items, clothing, toiletries, etc.), will go a long way in helping the men and women who are served by Nashville Rescue Mission. Additional opportunities to help would be in the areas of volunteering to serve a meal, teach a class, mentor a student, or speak at a chapel service. Nashville Rescue Mission is also always on the lookout for top talent to join our team. Almost any skill or passion can be utilized in a serving capacity at the Mission.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are multiple ways in which someone can support Nashville Rescue Mission. Donations can be made in person, online at, through the mail, or by telephone at 615-255-2475. The Mission also accepts monthly gifts, planned gifts, matching gifts, and gifts-in-kind. Donations of gifts such as food, clothing, toiletries, and equipment go a long way in helping Nashville’s hungry and homeless. The Mission’s Donation Center is open Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There are many ways to help Nashville Rescue Mission bring hope to Middle Tennessee. Lifting a hurting person out of homelessness takes teamwork—many people
 working together to meet both physical and relational needs over the long haul.
At Nashville Rescue Mission, we partner with thousands of volunteers each year to touch lives for today and for eternity. Visit to learn about volunteer opportunities.
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
While Nashville Rescue Mission is in the heart of downtown Nashville, we find people come from all parts of the country to live in our great city. And who knows at what time or point in a person's life things might go horribly wrong and a person finds themselves in need of food, clothing, and shelter. The Mission doesn't restrict the services we provide to any geographic area—anyone and everyone is welcome.
Board Chair Statement

I’ve been a part of Nashville Rescue Mission since 2011. My interest in the Mission and their ministry stems out of my desire to help those who are less fortunate in our community. I saw the tremendous reach Nashville Rescue Mission has and wanted to be a part of their amazing work.

My passion for helping the homeless and addicted in our community has increased over the years, and I am now honored to be serving as the Board Chair. I’ve had the opportunity to witness how the ministry of the Mission continues to change lives. It is a privilege to be a part of such an incredible ministry in the business of doing Kingdom work.

The Mission strives to be a good steward of all gifts. We are blessed to have generous donors who make substantial financial contributions, as well as in-kind gifts of food, clothing, holiday gifts, medical services, and more. There are many ways to assess the financial integrity of a charity. Each year, the Mission files a 990 Form required by the IRS that discloses financial information. This form, in addition to audited financials, is available on GivingMatters for the most current year. Historical information dating back to 2006 is also available.

In addition to evaluating a nonprofit’s financial information, the efficiency of an organization can also be seen in how effective its programs are. We are very proud of the profound impact our programs have on the men and women who participate and how changed their lives are for the better. In 2016, we provided over 292,000 nights of lodging and served over 603,000 meals to those in need right here in Nashville. Through case management, 341 homeless men and 94 homeless women were able to leave the Mission and move into stable housing. There were 100 men and women who completed the Mission’s Life Recovery Program with hope for the future. And 11 men and women received their High School Equivalency diploma because of teachers and volunteers who helped them learn and study while at the Mission.

God is doing amazing things at Nashville Rescue Mission. I invite you to join us for a tour and see for yourself. Thank you.

CEO Statement

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.

Emergency Services for Men, Women, and Mother’s with Children
Meeting basic needs. Right here. Right now.
Hope for Today is a hot meal for a hungry child. It is safe shelter for a single woman. It is case management for a homeless man. It is helping men and women in need prepare for employment.
At Nashville Rescue Mission, we address homelessness and hopelessness in a way that is transformational and Christ-centered. We believe in order for someone’s heart to be open to change, we must first meet his or her most basic and immediate needs.
With over 4,000 homeless individuals living on the streets of Nashville on any given night, Nashville Rescue Mission not only provides temporary assistance to the homeless, but truly gets to the root of the problems that lead to these broken lifestyles in the first place.
Overview of Emergency Services Provided Free of Charge
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Case Management – provide assistance and referrals for employment, housing, aid, etc.
  • Christian Counseling
  • Security
  • Dayroom when environmental factors pose a risk (too hot, too cold, rain, snow)
  • Hot Showers & Personal Hygiene Items Provided
  • Lockers
  • Dorm Room
  • 3 Hot Nutritious Meals a Day
  • Chapel Service
  • Clothing Room
  • Computers/Internet
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Mental Health
  • Bible Studies
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Legal Aid – Disability Assistance
  • Veterans Assistance
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Pathways to Work**
  • Worker’s Program**
  • Guest Volunteer Program
  • Mother’s Room*
  • Bright Spaces*
  • Outdoor Playground*
*Women’s Campus **Men’s Campus
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Homeless, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Adults
Residential Recovery Programs for Men, Women, and Mother’s with Children* (*limit on boys up to age 6)
Building a new life.
Hope for Tomorrow is counseling for a man who is battling addiction. It is caring for a woman who has suffered abuse. It is giving a child a safe place to play while mom gets the help she needs. It is teaching men and women new skills that will equip them for a better future.
At Nashville Rescue Mission, we assess each individual’s situation and develop a plan specifically for them that will take them out of the situation they are now in and help them make plans for a better tomorrow. We believe God has a plan and a purpose for every person.
The Mission’s program focuses on 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.
Overview of Life Recovery Program Services Provided Free of Charge
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Case Management – provide assistance and referrals for employment, housing, aid, etc.
  • Gateway Program
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Daily Devotions
  • Bible Classes
  • Life Skills Classes (topics: sexuality, addictions, emotions, strongholds, personal finances, budgeting, Christian manhood, resume preparation, and job interviewing skills)
  • Parenting Classes
  • Work Therapy
  • HSE Classes (High School Equivalency, formerly GED)
  • Students are in class at least 1 ½ hours a day, 5 days a week
  • HSE students have an additional 2 hours of class time
  • Clothing Room
  • Library
  • Computer Classes/Computer Room
  • Music Room
  • CDL Classes (optional)
  • Food Handling Classes (optional)
  • Dayroom/TV Room
  • Laundry
  • Barber
  • Fitness Room
  • Prayer Room
  • Transitional Housing
  • Worker’s Dorm
  • Seeds of Hope Garden*
  • Bird and Butterfly Garden*
*Women’s Campus **Men’s Campus
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Homeless, Adults
CEO Comments Since our humble beginnings in 1954, Nashville Rescue Mission has offered programs to help those dealing with the issues of homelessness and addition. In 1968, the Mission saw the need to expand these services to women and their children. Today, Nashville Rescue Mission serves over 7,000, men, women and their children annually. In addition to life recovery programs, those in need have access to safe shelter, nutritious meals, Christian counseling, clothing, and other services. In 2016, we served over 603,000 meals and provided over 292,000 nights of safe shelter. Education is paramount in our programs; we offer classes in basic living skills and computer training. In 2016 we also helped 11 individuals prepare for and pass the HiSET exam (formerly GED). All of the services we offer are and have been provided free of charge. 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 Nashville Rescue Mission. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and accept no money or assistance from local, state, or federal government.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Leisa Byars
Company Affiliation The Goddard School
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Mr. Rick Baker Regional CEO - ParallonVoting
Mrs. Leisa Byars Franchise OwnerVoting
Mr. J.V. Crockett IIILawyerVoting
Mrs. Ann Davis Retired, Physical TherapistVoting
Ms. Lorena B. Edwards Retired, ProfessorVoting
Mr. Jerry Faulkner CPA, Business OwnerVoting
Mr. Em Ghianni RetiredVoting
Mr. Glenn A. Harris Business OwnerVoting
Mr. James T. Hiatt University Professor/DeanVoting
Dr. Fran Hoogestraat EdEEducator/CoachVoting
Mr. Andrew Jackson BellSouthVoting
Mr. Robert C. McKinney LaywerVoting
Mr. Chris Milam Optical SalesVoting
Mr. Anvil Nelson President/CEOVoting
Mrs. Jennings Ragan Healthier TennesseeVoting
Mr. Josh Rowe Business Owner - Clearly MediaVoting
Mr. Thomas A. Sass Retired, V.P. for Financial AffairsVoting
Mr. Richard Speer Business OwnerVoting
Mr. Ray Stewart Property InvestorVoting
Mr. Arnold Von Hagen Sr.Retired, ArchitectVoting
Mrs. Michelle York Volunteer/Bible TeacherVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 6
Unspecified 0
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 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Jim T. Hiatt
Company Affiliation Trevecca Nazarene University
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning
Board Governance
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

In the past, Nashville Rescue Mission had a formal nominating committee. As our ministry and mission grows, the work of our leadership has grown as well. Our Board of Directors recently created a Board Governance committee. Part of this committee's responsibilities include recruitment, board member giving, volunteer opportunities, board member evaluations, and more. This allows us to actively recruit board members who can bring strength in areas where we may be weak, as well as open the doors of opportunity into other parts of the community. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Glenn Cranfield
Term Start Feb 2012

Rev. Glenn Cranfield has served Nashville Rescue Mission since 2012. Before his arrival in Nashville, he was President/CEO of City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. Under his leadership, City Rescue Mission went from providing the basics of food, clothing, and shelter—to adding a dental clinic, medical services, job placement help, drug addiction, and mental health counseling services.

Rev. Cranfield led City Rescue Mission until 2006 before returning to the pulpit as Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Assembly. He is a graduate of East Central Oklahoma State University and has a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Global University’s Berean School of the Bible. He and his wife Shelly have been married for over 30 years and are proud parents of four sons.

Former CEOs
Mr. Rader Walker Oct 2001 - Feb 2008
Reverend Donald Worrell Feb 2008 - Feb 2012
Full Time Staff 145
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 6000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 79%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Sept 2016
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? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2002
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability1988
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2008
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions1964
Senior Staff
Title Chief of Staff
Title Senior Director of Development
Title Senior Director of Human Resources
Title Senior Director of Operations
Title Senior Director of Finance
Title Senior Director of Ministries
CEO Comments
Nashville Rescue Mission employees 150 men and women from the Middle Tennessee area. The majority of these positions are full-time. I'm proud to say, it's not uncommon for the Mission to hire men and women who have graduated from the Mission's Life Recovery Program.
In our service to the over 7,000 unique individuals who have received some type of help or assistance from the Mission in the last year, there is a growing need for the work we are doing. As our opportunities to serve increases, so does the need for strong leadership. These will be key positions for us as we continue to pursue our core values of extravagant faith, radical hospitality, continuous improvement, excellence and a culture of honor.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2017
Projected Revenue $11,187,707.00
Projected Expenses $10,884,358.00
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$14,066,570$13,254,559$13,431,724
Total Expenses$13,726,933$3,898,840$13,250,848
Revenue Less Expenses$339,637$9,355,719$180,876
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$10,487,891$10,116,872$10,037,219
Investment Income, Net of Losses$64,088$75,898$68,995
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$217,066$152,425$126,926
Revenue In-Kind$3,279,583$2,879,956$3,138,248
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,929,047$10,043,890$10,228,225
Administration Expense$1,256,496$1,051,192$898,583
Fundraising Expense$2,541,390$2,334,996$2,064,040
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.023.401.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%258%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%23%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$16,644,081$16,456,130$16,555,687
Current Assets$4,040,991$4,116,227$4,127,169
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$338,249$591,082$499,309
Total Net Assets$16,305,832$15,865,048$16,056,378
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.956.968.27
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $10,487,891Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,116,872Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,037,219
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $3,279,583Noncash Contributions $2,879,956Noncash contributions $3,138,248
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $217,066Fundraising Events $152,425Fundraising Events $126,926
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 2018
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations Permit
Organization Comments
As a 501(c)3 organization, Nashville Rescue Mission receives no funds from local, state, or federal government. Our ministry exists because of the need for providing hope, help, and care to the hungry, homeless, addicted, and disenfranchised in our community. We rely on the generosity of faithful donors who give financially, as well as the time and talents of the hundreds of individuals and groups who volunteer at the Mission, to meet the ever growing needs of those seeking help.
Nashville is a growing city with new people moving into the area at a rapid pace. The Mission has a unique opportunity to engage newcomers to the area in ways that will help those in need, build community, and enhance our city. This will also provide us with the opportunity to broaden our donor base to meet the growing needs of this community we love. Financial Comments Financial figures taken from 990. 
Financial documents were prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 5/11/17.
Nonprofit Nashville Rescue Mission
Address 639 Lafayette Street
Nashville, TN 37203 4226
Primary Phone (615) 255-2475
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Glenn Cranfield
Board Chair Mrs. Leisa Byars
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Goddard School
Year of Incorporation 1954
Former Names
Nashville Union Rescue Mission

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