Nashville Rescue Mission & YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
I was lucky to have two opportunities to volunteer in Nashville. My friend Sara joined me for both. We were joined by Zack for the second of the two.
Sara and I began the day at the Nashville Rescue Mission where we worked in the kitchen helping to prepare lunch for the Friday afternoon guests. Though I am not exactly “skilled” in the culinary department, I managed to peel cucumbers, chop cucumbers and tomatoes, and take part in the orderly assembly line of putting together meals (big thanks to my new friend Jill K. who showed me the ropes).
It’s really an impressive operation to see everybody moving so fast and in unison and with a palpable sense of compassion. The Mission serves up to 2,000 meals per day. It also provides a whole host of opportunities and programs to help people get back on their feet. Here is an interview with Samuel Bolton, Director of Volunteer Services at the Mission.
Sara and I then joined Zack at the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter of Nashville and Middle Tennessee where we were greeted by our YWCA representative Mary. We sorted and folded donated clothes that would be made available to the women and kids staying at the shelter as they begin their journeys to new lives.
More about the Nashville Rescue Mission (from their website):
Hope for Today is a hot meal for a hungry child. It is safe shelter for a single woman. It is case management for a homeless man. It is helping men and women in need prepare for employment.
At Nashville Rescue Mission, we address homelessness and hopelessness in a way that is transformational and Christ-centered. We believe in order for someone’s heart to be open to change, we must first meet his or her most basic and immediate needs.
Hope for Tomorrow is counseling for a man who is battling addiction. It is caring for a woman who has suffered abuse. It is giving a child a safe place to play while mom gets the help she needs. It is teaching men and women new skills that will equip them for a better future.
At Nashville Rescue Mission, we assess each individual’s situation and develop a plan specifically for them that will take them out of the situation they are now in and help them make plans for a better tomorrow. We believe God has a plan and a purpose for every person.
Hope for Eternity is our banner. It is teaching those we serve that this world is not our home, and where by the grace of God and through faith in Christ, each person may receive the gift of eternal life. It is sharing the love of Jesus Christ with each person who walks through our doors. It is providing radical hospitality to someone who has spent far too many nights sleeping under a bridge. It is giving glory and honor to our Lord and Savior in everything we do and say.
YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee on the web