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.
Homelessness is most visible in downtown urban settings, where individuals can be seen sleeping in public places and transporting their belongings in the stereotypical shopping cart. In reality, though, homelessness entraps many more people and families than those readily visible in typical urban environments. “Homelessness” implies that an individual or family does not have a permanent housing situation. According to this definition, individuals living in emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, domestic violence shelters, or those traveling from couch to couch are all suffering from homelessness.
An estimated 9,113 homeless persons lived in the state of Tennessee in 2011. Twenty-six percent of those homeless persons resided in the Middle Tennessee region...
Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system. Students may not realize their classmate is not going home to his or her own parents, but to a group home or foster care placement. No sign on this child would alert anyone that he or she has likely suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home, in a community that promotes opportunity and a better quality of life in a secure and attractive environment.
Families in poverty often do not achieve this expectation. Instead, many live in distressed neighborhoods, which often lack grocery stores, banks, and health resources. These neighborhoods typically have relatively high rates of crime and unemployment, as well as under-performing schools. Climbing out of poverty is even more difficult because of the lack of entry-level jobs in or near distressed neighborhoods, in combination with the lack of affordable housing in suburban communities where personal vehicles are often necessary to get to places of employment...
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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