The West End Home Foundation has been named a recipient of the prestigious Sage Award from the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee. Since 1991, the Sage Awards have been presented to an outstanding group of recipients who have demonstrated longstanding service to their neighbors and their communities.
The 2021 Sage Award recipients include seven organizations or mature individuals who have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in the region or who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities. Other 2021 recipients include Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Ernie Bacon, Dr. James and Phyllis Hildreth, John Hood, Father Charles Strobel and Timothy Takacs.
“We are honored to receive this illustrious award from the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee in recognition of our support of programs that enhance the lives of older adults,” said Dianne Oliver, Executive Director of The West End Home Foundation. “From our founding in 1891 as a home for older indigent women in Nashville, to our transition in 2002 to a nonprofit foundation serving Middle Tennessee, our organization has been committed to meeting the needs of older adults in our community.”
With a vision of enabling adults to age with dignity, the Foundation has a mission to enrich the lives of older adults through grantmaking, advocacy and community collaboration.
Each year, The West End Home Foundation provides grants to worthy nonprofit organizations providing direct services to older adults, including health care, mental health services, transportation, affordable housing, home repair, nutrition assistance, digital literacy, legal advocacy, crisis financial support, long-term care support, caregiver respite services, cultural enrichment, social interaction and community inclusion services.
Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded more than $19 million to 61 different nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee. In addition to direct grantmaking, the Foundation is collaborating with a variety of neighborhood representatives and regional organizations to determine the current and future needs of specific groups of older adults in an effort to direct services where they are most needed.
“We are so grateful to be included among the outstanding 2021 Sage Award recipients and hope that this award will bring greater community awareness of the vitally important work of our nonprofit foundation and our grant partners,” said Caroline Shockley, President of the Board of Directors.