Catholic Charities of Tennessee recently opened the South Nashville Family Resource Center (FRC), in partnership with Saint Thomas Health and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, to provide community services to the long-underserved neighborhoods in the area.
"The South Nashville FRC has tremendous potential for South Nashville!" said Megan Stack, family assistance and community employment director for Catholic Charities. "It is truly a community collaboration addressing many aspects of life which, if not properly addressed, can contribute to continuing the cycle of poverty."
The Saint Thomas Family Health Center South, South Nashville FRC's next door neighbor, has been in the area for about 10 years.
"This is an exciting opportunity for our agencies to work with the community to improve health and wellness and address nutrition and access to healthy food," said Nancy Lim, executive director, Community Health & Benefit for Saint Thomas Health. One of the first ways in which the FRC partners will work together is in nutrition.
"We see an opportunity to assemble emergency food boxes specifically designed with input from the nutritionists to best serve the household requesting assistance," Stack explained. Other "healthy living" programs are also being discussed.
The new center hopes to expand on its adult education programs at other sites. A computer training lab was created for clients' use for job seeking, language learning, and other educational endeavors. Other programs and initiatives Catholic Charities hopes to offer at the FRC include: SNAP outreach, education, and enrollment assistance; emergency material assistance; immigration services; refugee orientation sessions, English as a Second Language classes, health screenings, and financial literacy training; and community-wide special events.
Click here for a link to Charities USA (Spring 2014).