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A Heartfelt Mission: The West End Home Foundation 1891-2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by Mary Ellen Pethel (Author)

After the Civil War, Nashvillians with a passion for caring were inspired to create the Old Woman’s Home, the forerunner of today’s West End Home Foundation. That generosity and insight set a standard by which we strive to continue to operate. The original mission of providing direct care for senior women lasted for over 120 years. As times changed, the Board members were faced with tough decisions regarding the future of the home, but always in the forefront was the loving care of the remaining residents. With this book, we look back at our history and remain grateful for those that had the foresight and commitment to service that led us to where we are today.

–From the Foreword by Kim Sumner Hardin, President of the West End Home Foundation Board of Directors

The book is available at Parnassus Books in Nashville and through Amazon.

The purchase price is $20.00.

Recent News

Historical marker dedicated in honor of the Old Woman’s Home

The West End Home Foundation recently was pleased to announce the dedication of a historical marker to pay tribute to the Old Woman’s Home, a Nashville institution founded in 1891. A dedication ceremony took place on Monday, November 5. The program included remarks made by Mayor Briley, Jim Forkum, Chairperson of the Historical Commission, and the daughter of a former resident of the home. The Old Woman’s Home was founded in 1891 for the “care of aged and helpless women who were unable to work and who were without means of support”. In 1909, the “inmates” (as the residents were called), were taken on horse drawn carriages from a small home in downtown Nashville to a grand new red brick, columned home at 2817 West End Avenue. This beautiful new facility was home to hundreds of women for seventy-five years. The home was demolished in 1984 [...]

November 27th, 2018|
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Contact Us

Foundation Office:

109 Kenner Avenue, Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37205
615-383-1395

Dianne Oliver, Executive Director
dianne.oliver@westendhomefoundation.org

Cindy Dickinson, Administration and Technology Manager
cindy.dickinson@westendhomefoundation.org

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