Nashville Rescue Mission

Mission

Following God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life degrading problems. The Mission’s goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of their community.

History

In 1953, Dr. Charles Fuller, a well-known Gospel radio preacher from the Old Fashion Revival Hour, was invited to Nashville to lead a revival at the Ryman Auditorium. With him on the platform was Jimmy Stroud, of Memphis, TN. Once homeless, Stroud had overcome his addiction and became the founder of Memphis Rescue Mission.

Upon hearing Stroud’s story and noticing the numerous homeless men living on the streets of Nashville, Fuller was so moved he incorporated it into his sermon. As the revival came to a close, a large number of people in the audience spontaneously placed a freewill offering on the platform to be used for the establishment of a place that would care for the city’s homeless and hurting.

This gesture of love motivated over eleven hundred Nashvillians to sign statements urging the opening of an interdenominational rescue mission. In 1954, Nashville Union Mission, today known as Nashville Rescue Mission, opened its doors to the homeless and hurting in the community.

Since the beginning and still to this day, the Mission provides not only meals and beds, but support and long-term treatment for those struggling with homelessness, addictions and other life-debilitating problems.

In 1968, the Mission expanded in order to provide services to women and children who were also homeless and hurting. Today, there is now a Men’s Campus on the corner of 7th and Lafayette Street and a Women’s Campus on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard.

Nashville Rescue Mission operates almost entirely from donated foods, materials and the generous contributions from individual donors! The Mission is a 501c3 nonprofit, and being a faith-based organization, the ministries subsist without relying on any governmental funding.

Core Values

  1. Extravagant Faith
    We live in full anticipation that God will do in the ministry of Nashville Rescue Mission those things we are willing to believe Him for and trust Him to do.
  2. Radical Hospitality
    We believe God has called and commissioned us to be ministers of His radical love, grace and mercy and we demonstrate that by treating those we serve in a way that honors that calling.
  3. Excellence
    We turn away from minimal expectations, choose excellence in everything we do, and challenge those we lead to give their best to the ministry of Nashville Rescue Mission and the people we serve.
  4. Continuous Improvement
    We never stop learning and growing, but respond to every opportunity with excitement in order to reach our full potential.
  5. Culture of Honor
    We honor those that have laid the path before us and bless those who labor among us, as we embrace the future ahead of us.

General Homeless Statistics:

  • Average number of homeless in Nashville area……………………………….. 4,000
  • Number of homeless in U.S……………………………………………………. 636,017*
  • Number of homeless in U.S. that are families……………………………. 236,181*
  • Number of homeless in U.S. that are individuals……………………….. 399,836*
  • Number of homeless in U.S. living unsheltered……………………… 4 out of 10*
  • Odds of experiencing homelessness in U.S………………………………… 1 in 194*
  • Percent of homeless in U.S. considered “chronically” homeless…………. 16%*
  • Percent of homeless adults in U.S. that are veterans……………………….. 11%*
  • Percentage of single moms w/ kids in national homeless population….. 40%*
  • Percentage of homeless experiencing mental health issues………………. 50%**
  • Percentage of homeless with serious mental illness………………………… 25%**

*National Alliance to End Homelessness, The State of Homelessness in America 2012
** National Alliance to End Homelessness


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