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Project Spotlight

Nashville Public Library Provides Digital Literacy Programs

The Nashville Public Library’s (NPL) Digital Literacy Initiative, which was launched in recent years, is designed to help Nashvillians gain access to online information, entertainment and crucial community services. In 2017, NPL added the Digital Inclusion for Seniors program to teach older adults the skills needed to navigate the online world. The West End Home Foundation helps sponsor this digital-literacy initiative for older adults. That decision proved to be prescient when the Covid-19 pandemic forced many individuals, both old and young, to stay home throughout much of 2020 and early 2021 as schools, businesses, workplaces and recreational facilities closed their doors. Older adults who face extreme health risks from the contagious virus have been forced to limit their real world activities and turn to the online realm for important services and social interactions. It is this same group of older adults who need the most online assistance. A 2019 PEW research report found that more than 25 percent of adults age 65 and older say they never use the internet. Household income is a leading indicator of the seniors [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Project Spotlight|

Room In The Inn: Supporting Nashville’s most Vulnerable Neighbors

In recent years, Room In The Inn has worked to grow & evolve our response to the needs of aging adults who are experiencing homelessness. As the Baby Boom generation ages and as Nashville’s housing market becomes more and more limited for those with lower incomes, we have seen an increase in the number of older adults who are without housing.   A lack of basic resources, especially stable housing, results in a dramatic decrease in life expectancy. The average life expectancy for someone experiencing homelessness is 47-52 years. This is 25-30 years less than the average American.  Of the roughly 6,300 individuals served by Room In The Inn over the past year, about 45% were over the age of 50, 14% were over 60, and about 7% were over the age of 65. It is vital that systems of support be available that provide safe shelter, health, and long-term stability for our unsupported aging population. Since 1985, Room In The Inn has provided year-round, comprehensive services for anyone who is experiencing homelessness. Many of the people we serve are [...]

February 24th, 2020|Project Spotlight|

Nations Ministry Center

As more of us live longer lives, we all want older Americans to have the opportunity to lead meaningful, connected lives. Thanks to the leadership generosity of the West End Home Foundation, Nations Ministry began serving Nepali elders in 2018 through the innovative The Front Porch: Welcoming Refugee Elders Home program which combines culturally-relevant classroom experiences, enrichment events, and language-specific case management. With over 1,200 refugee elders in Middle Tennessee, this growing community faces extreme social isolation and roadblocks to accessing care and services.  Nepali refugees who fled persecution in Bhutan make up the bulk of those elders.  Together, we help refugee elders connect with one another to reduce social isolation and foster healthier, happier lives.  The Front Porch classroom experiences and enrichment events provide those vital opportunities.  Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Joy in Learning provides regular enriching experiences where elders practice traditional handicrafts and try new experiences such as photography.  Through language-specific assistance, elders receive help in navigating healthcare and other systems for a better quality of life. Nations Ministry Center’s The Front Porch has served over 60 very [...]

December 13th, 2019|Project Spotlight|