Since the early 1980s, when North Nashville Outreach (NNO) was established as a joint ministry of Assumption and St. Vincent de Paul parishes, the service offerings have been fairly consistent.
Whether from Germantown, Buchanan Street, or the C. E. McGruder Family Resource Center (FRC) on 25th Avenue North, NNO's focus has been to provide residents of several economically challenged zip codes (37208, 37209, 37228, 37218, and parts of 37203) with services to bridge gaps, especially those impacting shelter and food, that individuals and families may face.
"Over its 3-1/2 decades, though, NNO has also evolved as the needs of the community have been redefined, all with the goal of further empowering those who are requesting temporary assistance, to increase their chances of reaching self-sufficiency," explained Jamie Hodge, NNO coordinator.
In addition to financial assistance with housing and utilities, North Nashville Outreach provides case management assistance, referrals to other providers, financial literacy training, advocacy support, and other related services.
It is one of 13 community partners housed at the McGruder FRC, explained Megan Stack Emerson, Family Assistance and Community Employment (FACE) director. NNO is one of several FACE programs operating throughout Davidson County.
Being able to partner with other agencies and programs in a central location just made sense, Emerson added.
Hodge agreed. "I consider McGruder to be a ‘One Stop Shop' resource center, where the community can come and have multiple services rendered all at one time."
North Nashville Outreach operates Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. For more information, call (615) 242-1554.