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Catholic Charities Awarded MDHA $27,000 Grant: Funds will Help Rapidly Rehouse Area's Homeless

Posted 07/01/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee has received a $27,000 Emergency Solutions Grant award from the Metropolitan (Nashville/Davidson County) Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) to support the agency's work to rapidly rehouse homeless families through its Family Empowerment program. "The grant is to be used to rapidly rehouse individuals housed in shelters or living on … read more >>

20,000 sq ft Sewing Factory Planned for Nashville (E. J. Boyer, Nashville Business Journal)

Posted 06/30/2015

Nashville will soon have a new, roughly 20,000 square-foot apparel manufacturing factory, a previously missing but much-needed piece of infrastructure for clothing designers looking to launch a business here.Dean Wegner, owner of Omega Apparel, a private apparel manufacturing plan in Smithville, has signed a lease at 5225 Harding Place, in the Airpark Business Center, … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Scott Gubala, Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Barber

Posted 06/24/2015

Saturday mornings for many people are a time to run errands, do chores around the house, or, perhaps, just sit and read the newspaper (or check out the news online). Not me.If you want to find me on a Saturday morning, especially between 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., all you have to do is stop by Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry in my neighborhood, East Nashville. … read more >>

Q&A: Laudato Si' ~ On the Care of Our Common Home

Posted 06/19/2015

Q. What is Laudato Si'? What is its message? A. In this teaching document, Pope Francis is reminding us that our obligation to protect and care for the environment is as essential as our responsibility to care for each other. Catholic Charities agencies across the country are committed to working within our communities to maintain and preserve all of God's creation, as … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Ericka Barrett, Adoption Services Material Assistance Client

Posted 06/18/2015

The news hit me like a ton of bricks when, 2 years ago, doctors told me that my son, Taylor, had Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder causing developmental disabilities, epilepsy, absent speech, and neurological problems. It was a humbling time as my husband and I realized that we would need assistance to help our son.I was not used to asking for help. To be honest, I … read more >>

Catholic Charities Wants You to Skip the Lunch, Make the Donation (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 05/22/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee wants people not to come to their Pathways to Possibilities fundraising luncheon. They don't want them to worry about taking time out of work in the middle of the day and find parking. But they do want people to make a donation as if they were attending a luncheon to support all the work Catholic Charities does to help people facing a … read more >>

Empowering Homeless Families to Achieve Stability (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 05/22/2015

There's a bulletin board in Matt Preston's office at Catholic Charities that keeps track of the number of families who've been successfully transitioned from homelessness to housing. The number is up to 30 since July, when the United Way Family Empowerment Program grant began.Last April, Preston, the grant's program coordinator, was finishing up an internship at … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Raises $100K (E. J. Boyer, Nashville Business Journal)

Posted 05/22/2015

The newly formed Nashville Fashion Alliance, the city's first organized step toward building a sustainable fashion industry, passed its first big test last weekend.The nonprofit organization hit (and surpassed) its Kickstarter fundraising goal, which was $100,000. The campaign, which ended the morning of May 16, secured $103,321 through 666 backers. The seed money will be … read more >>

Nashville's Fashion Industry Gets Kickstarter Boost (E. J. Boyer, Nashville Business Journal -- online)

Posted 05/18/2015

The newly-formed Nashville Fashion Alliance, the city's first organized step towards building a sustainable fashion industry, passed its first big test this weekend.The nonprofit organization hit (and surpassed) its Kickstarter fundraising goal, which was $100,000. The campaign, which ended Saturday morning, secured $103,321 through 666 backers. The seed money will be used … read more >>

Nashville Agency Offers Help in the Kitchen and Classroom (Charities magazine, Catholic Charities USA, Spring 2015)

Posted 05/15/2015

A new program offered by Catholic Charities of Tennessee is helping Nashville residents enhance their lives through nutritional instruction and academic assistance. Recipes for Success is a free monthly workshop that strives to provide local families with school tutoring for their kids and tips for healthy living. The program started in January and is meeting monthly … read more >>

Omega Apparel Plans Nashville Facility as it Diversifies (Lizzy Alfs, The Tennessean)

Posted 05/05/2015

Dean Wegner calls his apparel manufacturing company a "20-year-old startup" for good reason: after two decades of supplying dress clothes to the U.S. Military, Omega Apparel is repositioning itself to meet growing demand for American-made clothing.The manufacturer, which occupies 100,000 square feet in Smithville about 65 miles east of Nashville, is preparing to … read more >>

FAMILY EMPOWERMENT: Leading Families to Financial Stability (Pathways, Spring 2015 Newsletter)

Posted 05/01/2015

Shockingly, more than 2800 Davidson County public school families consider themselves "homeless." Unfortunately, this figure is likely understated; it includes only the children of families that have actually reported their status to Metro Schools.In an effort to help these families find stability and self-sufficiency, Catholic Charities of Tennessee initiated … read more >>

COUNSELING: Accessible & Affordable at Catholic Charities (Pathways, Spring 2015 newsletter)

Posted 05/01/2015

Catholic Charities has offered individual, couples and family counseling in Middle Tennessee since 1964. We help strengthen relationships, provide healing from trauma and loss, and address issues such as depression and anxiety.Our counseling is affordable due to our sliding fee scale which allows us to serve all people, including the uninsured or underinsured. Counselors … read more >>

Long Ago Calling Brings Laughter and Love to Single Adult, Two Boys (Pathways, Spring 2015 Newsletter)

Posted 05/01/2015

At 17, Moreen was a typical teenage girl in Middle Tennessee. Her head was filled with many exciting plans and dreams for her future. One plan she was not quite prepared for, though, was a message that came to her one Sunday while in church around that time. The thought in her head, she now believes, was a calling from God. The message told her to seek out, adopt, and … read more >>

Catholic Charities Employees Preparing for Change (Story & Photo by Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 04/24/2015

As Catholic Charities of Tennessee prepares to move the majority of its workforce into its new offices at the Catholic Pastoral Center this summer, the organization's employees gathered to discuss change."There are as many positive things about change as there are negative," said Bill Halbert, Ph.D., a management consultant who led a discussion of the move to the … read more >>

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