Nashville’s Transitional Housing Program is
A Unique Residential Service Program That Restores Hope.
If you suddenly lost your job or home, where would you go? Have you ever thought about the possibility of you or a loved one becoming homeless? All it takes is the loss of a job, illness, or an unexpected life changing event (such as a fire) and it could be any one of us.
OUR PURPOSE: “We exist to help mend and heal the hearts of children and families who have been touched by poverty, illness, broken homes and broken dreams.”
History of the Program
In 2010, Sophia’s Heart was established in Antioch to provide flood relief for victims of the historical May flood. The Antioch Flood Relief Center provided food, clothing, clean water and supplies to Nashville’s flood victims. After four months of flood relief efforts, a 77,000 square foot hospital building located in East Nashville was donated to Sophia’s Heart. There, families experiencing homelessness could have a place to go for six months to one year, while receiving life-skills training, career assistance, counseling, and other educational services with the end goal of moving families from transitional housing to self-sufficiency in permanent housing.
Who We Are,What We Do
Sophia’s Heart provides free transitional housing in Nashville to families experiencing homelessness. Our individualized comprehensive treatment program includes:
- Intake Assessment (medical, psychological and social needs assessment)
- Case Management (Individual Program Plan)
- Financial Management (personal savings and budgeting)
- Educational classes (tutoring and parenting classes, GED referral, etc.)
- Family Engagement (anger management, conflict resolution, marriage counseling, etc.)
- Career Assistance (exploration of different career options, life skills development, resume building, and job search assistance)
- Spiritual Enrichment (faith-based solutions for personal spiritual development and image consulting)
When families are ready to leave the program, Sophia’s Heart collaborates with other community partners to provide the best possible solutions for families to secure permanent affordable housing.
It is our desire to expand the program to accommodate up to 25-30 families at one time. At full capacity, Sophia’s Heart will house up to 100 – 150 individuals per year, comprising 25-35 adults and as many as 75- 90 children. In addition, we would be able to assist up to 84 families in our 7-Day Emergency Family Care Unit. To do this, we need your help.
How We Help Families
Based on availability of funding, Sophia’s Heart can assist up to 250 individuals per year combining our 7- Day Emergency Care Unit and our Long-Term Transitional Housing Program.
Within the “homeless” arena throughout Nashville, Sophia’s Heart’s is atypical. Unlike other assistance programs that provide temporary shelter, Sophia’s Heart has the capacity to keep family members intact while offering structured programming and assistance. So often, family members end up in separate facilities, disconnected from each other and unable to maintain the family unit. According to the HUD’s 2014 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs Housing Inventory Count Report, of the 3,411 beds made available throughout Nashville, only two service organizations outside of Sophia’s Heart accommodated the entire family as a unit. The need is great but the resources are limited.
Sophia’s Heart encourages and strengthens families in becoming self-sufficient, active members of the community. By providing a dignified space that families can call home and support services that allow families to experience the restorative power of hope, families can work their way out of poverty.
If your family, or a family you know, needs our help, please:
- Contact the Intake Staff at email@example.com to request program information and details on apply for our program.
- To receive our intake application, fill in the following fields and hit submit. Thank you!
HELP TODAY BY GETTING INVOLVED
There are Many Ways to Get Involved…
- Make an online donation by going to: www.sophiasheart.org/donations
- Mail your donation to: Sophia’s Heart, 2479 Murfreesboro Rd., #515, Nashville, TN 37217. All donations are tax deductible.
- Become a volunteer by going to: www.sophiasheart.org/volunteer
- Fulfill our ‘Needs List’: Tj- Ways You Can Help(1)
Based on availability of funding, Sophia’s Heart can assist up to 250 individuals a year combining our 7- Day Emergency Care Unit and our Long-Term Transitional Housing Program.
DID YOU KNOW?
Families experiencing homelessness need agencies like Sophia’s Heart because on any given night over 4,000 individuals including children are reported homeless in Nashville. In the Metro Nashville Public School system alone, over 3,000 children are reported homeless. Add a parent to each child, and you can see that the number of homeless individuals in Nashville is surprisingly high.