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

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|

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|