Project Spotlight: Enriching Lives In Our Community2019-04-05T16:09:01+00:00

Project Spotlight

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

Founded in 1894, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville (BCN) promotes self-reliance and positive life choices for children, youth and older adults in Middle Tennessee. Funding provided by The West End Home Foundation enables the agency to deliver services to older adults in North Nashville designed to reduce hardships associated with poverty, health challenges and social isolation. The BCN meals on Wheels network, known as the Greater Charlotte Hot Lunch Cooperative, is a consortium of thirteen North Nashville churches. The program provides a nutritious daily meal, Monday through Friday, as well as emergency and shelf-stable meals for weekends and holidays. Meals are delivered by volunteers who provide an opportunity for social interaction to clients, and for many, this is their only human contact on a regular basis. The Meals on Wheels program serves 216 clients and provides 54,000 meals each year. WEHF also supports BCN’s Active Seniors Club which provides enrichment activities such as health and wellness programs, educational workshops, arts and crafts, and monthly grocery shopping trips. This program serves a core group of 36 North Nashville residents age 55 [...]

April 5th, 2019|Project Spotlight|

Senior Ride Nashville

Nashville currently has 30,000 residents who are 75 and older, those most likely to have multiple chronic health conditions that often restrict driving.  A 2011 Transportation for America study revealed that the Nashville region ranked 4th worst in terms of senior access to public transportation.  Studies have also shown that that reduced mobility limits the lifespan for older adults and can place them at higher risk of poor health, isolation, loneliness and depression. The need for affordable, reliable, assisted transportation (‘door-through-door’ or ‘door-to-door’) is one of the biggest unmet needs for older adults in our community. With the support of the West End Home Foundation, the Council On Aging of Middle Tennessee convened the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition in 2015, comprised of public, nonprofit and private sector stakeholders from transportation and aging services with a goal to address the mobility challenges facing non-driving seniors of Nashville/Davidson County.  As a result, Senior Ride Nashville launched in November 2017 as a new nonprofit offering an affordable, assisted, volunteer-powered ride program for Davidson County residents age 60 and older. In 2018, the organization’s [...]

January 10th, 2019|Project Spotlight|

Tennessee Justice Center: Independence Program

The West End Home Foundation supports TJC’s Independence Team, which helps older adults navigate complex programs to get long-term care and health services they need to stay healthy and independent in the community. The Foundation funds the position of CHOICES Client Advocate. Katie Ann Twiggs, pictured, is currently serving in this role. CHOICES is Tennessee’s Medicaid (TennCare) long-term care program for older adults and people with disabilities. This program allows individuals to age-in-place and can improve their quality of life. It is a vital support for all but the wealthiest Tennesseans since the cost of long-term care is well over most older adults’ incomes. However, the complex eligibility standards and policies can make the program very difficult to navigate, and Tennessee has some of the most restrictive policies in the country. TJC’s Independence program provides legal advocacy for older adults encountering enrollment barriers for TennCare CHOICES and advocacy to improve the system for others. So far in 2018, Independence has helped over 140 Tennesseans seeking assistance with access to long-term supports and services through the CHOICESprogram, helping them secure over [...]

August 14th, 2018|Project Spotlight|