St. Luke's Community House
5601 New York Avenue
Nashville TN 37209

Mission Statement

St. Luke's creates a community where children, families, and seniors from different backgrounds can easily access the resources needed to live fulfilling lives.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Corey Gephart
Board Chair Mr. Jim Ramsey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Diversified Trust
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1913
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,147,270.00
Projected Annual Revenue 2069770 (2018)

St. Luke's creates a community where children, families, and seniors from different backgrounds can easily access the resources needed to live fulfilling lives.


The work of St. Luke's began in 1913 when fourteen women founded a medical clinic on New York Avenue in West Nashville. Their mission was to care for local women and children whose relatives were incarcerated at the nearby Tennessee State Penitentiary. Today our presence in the community and the essence of our mission remain as they were a century ago. We work to serve our neighbors by listening to and addressing their needs. 

St. Luke's works in a neighborhood characterized by low incomes and little education. 21.6 of residents live below the poverty level. 75% of children in our child development program qualify for free or reduced lunches.  10% of residents in our immediate service area are foreign-born, with nearly 13% of residents speaking a language other than English at home.

The programs at St. Luke's focus on equipping even the youngest residents with the tools they need for success in life, building early literacy skills into our daily child development activities. We also work with adults to meet their educational needs, especially those whose native language is not English. English language classes are a helpful tool for integrating these residents into the larger community and our job training class helps all residents build hands-on skills for success in the culinary arts field. For older residents, senior support services including Mobile Meals, social activities, and health evaluations and referrals, allow them to remain independent and in their homes longer.

By continually reaping data and input from partners and program participants, we ensure that we offer programs that residents deem necessary and valuable. We work with our partners to keep program offerings consistent and of the highest quality. Our partnerships have allowed us to keep overhead low, ensuring that each invested dollar is put to maximum effect in providing services. We develop resources aimed at helping each program participant access necessary services and develop additional skills for personal and professional growth. We operate in the community we serve, offering evening and daytime programs at no cost, which reduces participant barriers to service such as transportation, cost, and time.


St. Luke's educates, enriches, and empowers the community through meaningful collaborations and quality services. 

In 2017 we completed our strategic plan.  It is a comprehensive, fully-actionable plan intended to guide our actions for the next five years and beyond. The plan specifically calls for the agency to maximize the impact of our Preschool, expand Senior Services and move forward in our vision to be a one-stop shop for a wide variety of nonprofit services. Another result of this plan was the decision to drop geographic barriers and extend our services to all Nashville residents. This will increase our impact and the number of people we can serve across Davidson County.

We also expanded the capacity of our Child Development Program by adding an additional infant classroom that accommodates four more children.

Last year we discontinued our emergency financial services to clients. We still provide financial assistance on our campus through our partner, Needlink, but assistance is not provided through St. Luke’s. 


St. Luke's seeks support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations to provide the resources needed to serve a diverse client base. Financial gifts, volunteer time, gifts in kind, and in kind services are accepted to meet the needs. We actively seek partnerships which will create value for our clients and community.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

We need donations to continue helping children, seniors and families.  You may visit to make an online donation.

Volunteers are critical to the success of St. Luke’s mission. We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals, families, and groups. Please contact Volunteer Manager Christie Bearden at 615-324-8375, email or visit for more information.  Volunteers are also used by our on campus partners The Nashville Food Project, Preston Taylor Ministries and The Nashville Diaper Connection. 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Neighborhood Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
St. Luke’s serves residents from across Davidson County. Some services, like our Mobile Meals program, are geographically limited to 37209 and parts of 37208 because of the need to keep food at safe temperatures.
Board Chair Statement

The St. Luke's Board of Directors is very much aware of the visual aspects of prosperity in Nashville and the nationwide perspective that Nashville is the " go to " city. The Board is aware that this prosperity is not substantially passed down to the neighbors of St. Luke's and, indeed, this prosperity has helped create a shortage of affordable housing . The Board is in the process of creating a short term and long term Strategic Plan to address the ever present needs of our neighbors and the new challenges they face. The Board is very active in producing the plan and is strongly committed to the implementation of that plan.

CEO Statement

Since 1913, St. Luke’s has stood as an outpost of service, community and outreach in West Nashville. St. Luke's mission is to help low-income working families, seniors, and individuals achieve their potential and prevent problems that threaten the stability of families and community. Through partnerships with other agencies, we serve at-risk families, children and seniors with programs and services designed to encourage them in their day-to-day lives and in times of crisis. With the help of trained volunteers, St. Luke’s maintains high-quality services while utilizing resources wisely. With clients ranging in age from 6 weeks to 96 years, St. Luke’s services meet the full lifecycle of needs. 


Description The Child & Youth Development Program addresses the need for quality, affordable, and accessible childcare for low-income working parents in Nashville. Child Development services include comprehensive curriculum to prepare children, ages six weeks to five years old, for entry into the elementary school system. We work to provide early childhood education literacy and math skills and with regular assessments to ensure they are developing and progressing appropriately.  Tuition is set on a sliding scale so tthat families of all financial means can afford the program, which operates year-round, five days a week, 6:30-5:30.

Our Youth Development program, a partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries, also works on similar skills, providing children through high school with a safe place to do homework, play, and interact with peers.   The Youth Program has access to a computer lab, to help children learn basic computer skills valuable for a lifetime of success.

In 2015, 97 children were enrolled in our Child Development Program. With our new partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries, an average of 70 children a day are served at the Community House site.
Budget 893,970
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Program Success Monitored By Teachers evaluate the children in our Child Development Program monthly. 
Outside evaluations are performed for the literacy classrooms twice a year.
Parents participate in literacy workshops.
Youth Development staff evaluate the Youth Development students.

Family Resource Centers serve as a central point to determine the needs of our neighbors and connect them with the proper agencies that can best serve them. By partnering with more than 20 different agencies, St. Luke's is able to provide area residents with a variety of programs designed to meet all of their needs. We offer all of our FRC partner programs at no cost to the participants.

The FRC allows residents to have access to programs that might otherwise not be available to them due to cost, location, or hours. We operate outside of traditional hours, in a centralized location, to provide our residents with services tailored to meet their needs. The FRC is guided by a Resident Council which regularly meets to review current programs and determine what programming would fit future needs.

FRC Partners include:

Nashville Adult Literacy Council

Neighborhoods Resource Center

Nashville Humane Association

Nations Neighborhood Association

Second Harvest Food Bank

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville


Vanderbilt Meharry Alliance

Preston Taylor Ministries

NeedLink Nashville

Nashville Diaper Connections 

Non-formal partnerships also include:

Conexion Americas

First Steps, Inc.

The Little Pantry That Could 

Metro Nashville Public Schools



Budget 205359
Population Served , ,
Examples of Program Success

Heather, age 20, came in to St. Luke's Community House and filled out an Emergency Financial Assistance application for her NES & water bills. She has an 8-month-old son, is expecting another child and is a full time student. Her husband recently lost his job and does not qualify for unemployment. Even though he is trying to find a job, he does not have a social security card. They have applied for food stamps, but they have not received payment and only their son will benefit. We talked with Heather at length in person and awarded her assistance for her NES bill. We referred her to 211, Metro Action Commision, Ladies of Charity, Catholic Charities and churches for assistance with her water bill and possibly rent. We were also able to sign her up for St. Luke’s Toy Store and Adopt-A-Family holiday assistance programs, provided her with a foodbox to take home which included diapers and wipes, and recommended her husband contact Conexion Americas for help getting his social security card. She attended St. Luke's Money Management class where she developed a budget. With the help of all these programs, she was able to keep her utilities on and provide food for her family. This is a classic case for the necessity of this program and the case management involved. This is a family who has tried to make ends meet, but a crisis hit forcing them to seek other resources. 

Description The Mobile Meals Program addresses nutritional needs, as well as safety and health needs of the elderly and home-bound population.

In 2015, we served 20,053 meals through our Mobile Meals program. We operate five routes a day, five days a week, providing meals to roughly 77 seniors per day. Volunteer drivers make regular contact with meal recipients, ensuring that they have someone checking in on them and receive healthy nutritious meals daily.

In addition to our Mobile Meals program, St. Luke's also offers other senior services designed to minimize the sense of isolation and loneliness often felt by aging members of society. Partnerships with Family & Children's Services and Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition provide us with many ways to serve our senior residents and support them in independent living.
Budget 121,589
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Program participants will receive five meals weekly that meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

Participants will have contact with a Mobile Meals volunteer, keeping participants safe and St. Luke's involved in their welfare.
Long term Success Program participants will remain in their homes.
Program Success Monitored By Reporting by volunteers.
Records of daily deliveries.
Mobile Meals Coordinator site visits.
Examples of Program Success


Sally came to St. Luke’s one day with only the clothes on her back. She had recently moved to Tennessee and had very little. That day, she received a food box and help with the deposit for the electricity in her small, unfurnished apartment. She learned about the Mobile Meals program. Her extensive health problems including breathing problems, heart disease, and degenerative disc disease made cooking for herself difficult. Mobile Meals now provides a hot lunch to her daily. Through the program she met other mobile meals recipients in her apartment complex, allowing her to increase her support network. St. Luke’s Staff assisted her in getting furnishings for her house, and the This N That Thrift store helped her get more clothing. Sally’s immediate needs are being met and her crisis situation has abated. The Mobile Meals program at St. Luke’s will continue the relationship and make further referrals as needed.

Description Through our partnership with the Coalition for Healthy Again we offer social and emotional support to lonely and isolated seniors to ensure that they are living healthy and socially fulfilled lives.

Through our senior club activities we provide area seniors with social outings, shopping trips, and regular assessments. Through our senior friends program, area seniors are able to stay in their own homes longer, prolonging the quality of life. Many of our older residents live on less than $800 a month. The programs through St. Luke's give them added resources to stretch their dollar a little farther.
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Examples of Program Success


Mary, age 64, recently moved from Columbia, TN to Nashville to live with her daughter to be less isolated and to be able to access more services. Soon after she moved, she discovered St. Luke’s. She came to St. Luke’s with her daughter to get a food box. While she was here, she learned about the monthly senior bingo and other senior activities as well as the Emergency Financial Assistance program. She got assistance on her NES bill soon after her visit.

While her daughter works, Mary is alone and lonely during the day and wants to get out of the house. She gets out three times per week only for dialysis treatment. In addition to her kidney failure, she has heart trouble, high blood pressure, and usually needs a wheelchair to get around. The medicine she takes costs as much as her income, so she often does without.

She has now attended a Bingo and promises to come to other activities as well. She is certain to get her needs met with her strong advocacy skills.

Description Emergency Food Program offers food to a limited basis to low income residents (this is actually based on need, not income). In partnership with Second Harvest, the St. Luke's food box program enables us to provide area residents in five zip codes with additional food to supplement what they are able to purchase. Many of our residents live on a very tight budget. By providing them with some supplemental items, including formula and diapers, we are able to help their dollar go farther.

In 2015, 14,480 individuals received food boxes to fill the hunger gap.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Examples of Program Success

Fire Victim

A woman entered St. Luke’s and humbly asked for a food box. Her face was worn and her eyes were sad. When asked for the necessary paperwork (social security cards, id, proof of address), she could only produce a letter from the Salvation Army saying they had helped her when her house burned in July. She explained that she lost everything in the fire including her granddaughter. I remembered the story on the news. The fire was during the night. There were no smoke detectors in the house.

I asked the woman if she had talked to anyone about her grief. She said no, so I provided her the number of our on-site social worker. When I gave the food to her, she almost smiled for the first time while thanking me. She said she knew she needed some help since she blamed herself so much for her granddaughter’s death. She walked away with tears in her eyes. So did I.

CEO Comments All of St. Luke's programs are geared toward the specific needs of our neighbors and are intended to help them address short term needs as they work to improve their own lives in long term.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim Ramsey
Company Affiliation Diversified Trust
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Stacy Alcala Community VolunteerVoting
Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt Episcopal Diocese of TennesseeExofficio
Ms. Alexza Clark Conexión AméricasVoting
Mrs. Lawrence Blank Cook DeloitteVoting
Mr. Robert Guth Voting
Mr. Will Howorth HCAVoting
Mr. Jerome Jorquin Susan G. Komen FoundationVoting
Ms Carroll Kimball Voting
Ms. Paula Kinard Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. George Mabry CapStar BankVoting
Ms. Leslie McGinn Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Will Morrow HCAVoting
Ms. Marian Ott DioceseVoting
Ms. Aylin Ozgener Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Seema Prasad Owner - Miel RestaurantVoting
Mr. James Ramsey Diversified TrustVoting
Mrs. Martha Rodes Voting
Ms. Dotty Rogers This 'n That Thrift ShopExofficio
Mr. Jim Simmons SkanskaVoting
Ms. Kelsey Urness Exofficio
Ms. Marion Warfield Nashville Convention & Visitors BureauVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Day Care Center/Nursery School
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
Melinda Bass Community Volunteer
Jack Bovender HCA
Charles Cook Jr.Nashville Bank & Trust
James W. Perkins Jr.Consumer Gasoline Stations, Inc.
CEO Comments St. Luke’s has a strong, active Board of Directors—nearly 75% participation rate in Board and Executive Committee meetings, 90% participation in committee assignments and 100% participation in the annual campaign. The committees work to ensure a dynamic Board committed to St. Luke’s mission.

The board as a whole has historically been extremely committed to St. Luke’s and its service area. Our strategic plan, which serves as the basic framework for each Board meeting agenda and the basis for establishing Board committee assignments, includes performance targets. Progress reports on those targets are made at each Board and Executive Committee meeting. Performance targets for the New Year are developed and approved in the last quarter of the previous year.
Foundation Staff Comments
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Corey Gephart
Term Start Dec 2014

Corey Gephart is dedicated to serving those in need and has spent the last 10 years working collaboratively to find effective, life - affirming solutions for individuals marginalized from society. Her passion stems from her Peace Corps experience where, embedded in an impoverished island culture, she was awakened to the satisfaction of small acts of kindness rendering enormous results. After returning stateside, Corey continued helping others as an outreach worker, connecting individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness to resources, at Park Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her effective leadership, passion and dedication quickly propelled her to the supervisor of the Homeless Outreach Program, which was recognized as a “Program of Excellence” in 2011 by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations. Soon after, she was again promoted and led the largest department at Park Center as the Director of Residential Services. In 2012, she was awarded “Emerging Leader” through the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Initiative and currently serves as the President of Board of Directors for the Nashville Coalition for Homeless. In December of 2014, Corey was chosen as the CEO for St. Luke’s Community House. She is a graduate of Emory University.

Former CEOs
Mr. Douglas Anderson June 1997 - May 2005
Brian Diller June 2005 - June
Full Time Staff 28
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 1584
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 89%
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 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Nov 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Mary Catherine Strobel Outstanding Volunteer of the YearHands On Nashville2004
Mary Catherine Strobel Outstanding Volunteer of the YearHands On Nashville2003
Mary Catherine Strobel Outstanding Volunteer Group of the YearHands On Nashville2005
Mary Catherine Strobel Outstanding VolunteerHands On Nashville2008
Paragon Community Service AwardJunior League of Nashville2011
Brian Diller & Denice O'NeilUnited Way of Metropolitan Nashville2010
Innovation in Action FinalistSalute to Excellence2017
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Experience/Biography Penny comes to St. Luke's with more than ten years of fundraising experience at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts and most recently American Red Cross in Atlanta. With proven success as a major gift officer, national corporate partnership director, grants manager and membership director, Penny brings great talent and experience to the job of garnering support for the important work of St. Luke's.  Penny is a Nashville native, a member of the Episcopal Church, and a graduate of the Harpeth Hall School and Oglethorpe University.  Outside of work, she enjoys baking and travelling with her husband. 
Title Family Resource Center Director

Patricia is a seasoned  program director who knows how to motivate staff and reward volunteers for their great work.  A graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in Psychology, she brings 8 years experience to the role of Family Resource Center Director.  Formerly a Child Development Director and Community Programs Manager, Patricia cultivates a client-centered culture and uses her vast experience to deliver solid program outcomes.  In her spare time, Patricia enjoys photography, cooking, reading and being a dog-mommy to two adorable pups.

Title Child Development Director

The Child Development Director, Ronnie Vincenti, brings a vast range of experience and knowledge to the St. Luke’s Community House Child Development program with over eight years of experience in early childhood education. Mr. Vincenti had previously served for over five years as the Executive Director of Paducah Day Nursery, an organization that assisted those because of limited financial resources, the need to work outside of their homes, or those seeking to further or complete their education with reasonably priced quality childcare. He has also served on the McCracken County Early Childhood Council and the West Kentucky Early Childhood Council where programs and advocacy for children in care were in the forefront. Mr. Vincenti also holds several child development credentials which include a Child Care Assistant Certificate, Kentucky Child Care Provider Certificate, Early Childhood Administration Certificate, and a Kentucky Director’s Credential. He is also a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Title Finance and Operations Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $2,069,770.00
Projected Expenses $2,147,270.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201720162015
Total Revenue$2,148,032$2,310,042$1,755,418
Total Expenses$1,942,435$1,926,718$1,867,694
Revenue Less Expenses$205,597$383,324($112,276)
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$87,929$100,243$103,525
Individual Contributions$1,516,405$1,849,118$1,219,871
Investment Income, Net of Losses$116,811($2,575)$88,836
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$61,874$53,073$53,634
Revenue In-Kind$3,704$30,475$22,902
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,454,511$1,486,697$1,525,077
Administration Expense$321,509$292,018$254,232
Fundraising Expense$166,415$148,003$88,385
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.200.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%77%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%7%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$5,376,007$5,130,260$4,719,707
Current Assets$1,095,514$947,852$425,919
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$44,459$44,216$72,083
Total Net Assets$5,331,548$5,086,044$4,647,624
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.6421.445.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $1,516,405Contributions, Gifts and Grants $1,849,118Contributions, Gifts and Grants $1,219,871
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $331,912Program Revenue $240,981Program Revenue $231,922
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $116,811Government Grants $100,243Government Grants $103,525
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 Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2019
Registration No
Organization Comments St. Luke’s accounts for contributions in accordance with SFAS No. 116 and presents its financial statements in accordance with SFAS No. 117. We account for our investments in accordance with SFAS No. 124. An independent audit is conducted annually, and the auditors present their report in person to the Executive Committee and then in written form to the full Board. Monthly financial statements are prepared by the Comptroller for the Executive Director, who in turn provides the financial statements, with comments, to the Board Treasurer, the Executive Committee and the Board. In addition, the Resource Development committee reviews annual campaign revenues; the Capital Campaign committee reviews capital campaign income and expenditures; and the Endowment Campaign committee reviews endowment income, campaign expenses and endowment funds management. Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990 and audit.
990 was prepared by Cherry Bekaert LLP.
Individual Contributions figure includes contributions from Foundations & Corporations.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 8/29/18.
Nonprofit St. Luke's Community House
Address 5601 New York Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Primary Phone (615) 350-7893
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Corey Gephart
Board Chair Mr. Jim Ramsey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Diversified Trust
Year of Incorporation 1913

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