Year two of our grant giving cycle could not have been more of a success. Our members gathered together on the evening of October 13 at the Pinnacle Building in downtown Nashville to hear from our finalists and choose our winners. The evening kicked-off with a great night of members and non-profit applicants meeting each other and ended with two winners of $21,500.
Our members discussed and agonized over their selections and after a very tight race in both categories, our winners were named: Retrieving Independence for Category 1 (small and new non-profits) and Safe Haven Family Shelter for Category 2 (ending the cycle). The champagne was popped and celebrations abound!
Retrieving Independence breeds, trains and places service dogs for children and adults living with physical and mental disabilities. According to Shelly Steel, Board Chair for Retrieving Independence, “The collaboration with the Turney Center allows us to offer service dogs to those in need while providing an opportunity for prison inmates to learn job skills and give back to their community. The Impact Nashville grant will allow us to more safely transport the service animals between their primary trainer at the Turney Center and our weekend volunteers.”
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Safe Haven, Middle Tennessee’s only homeless shelter for entire families, empowers Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. “The Impact Nashville grant will allow us to continue to expand our Workforce Development program to assist families with childcare costs, transportation, job skills, work attire and job-specific equipment,” said Executive director, Joyce Lavery.