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

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|

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|