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The Cal Turner Program is pleased to be working with the following Community Partners during the 2013 - 2014 academic year:
The Nashville Mobile Market (NMM) is rooted in the belief that a collective, inclusive community approach is required to effectively combat inequitable access to a basic human need, healthy food. Since 2011 NMM has provided access to healthy, affordable groceries in Nashville's food insecure communities. NMM operates where physical, financial, and educational barriers to food access exist. We work from the principle that every neighborhood needs and deserves access to good food at a good price. In Nashville’s food insecure communities, residents face a dearth of nutritious food and an abundance of unhealthy convenience offerings and oftentimes experience limited mobility or lack nutritional and cooking knowledge. More than addressing the issue of scarce and over-priced produce, NMM functions as a preventative care, public health intervention that improves availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy food options.
Conceived after the flood of May, 2010 and established as an interfaith non-profit in 2011, the mission of Open Table Nashville (OTN) is to disrupt cycles of poverty, journey with the marginalized, and educate others about issues of poverty and homelessness. Through street outreach and referrals from social services and other outreach initiatives, we meet and build relationships with our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness, seeking to meet them where they are and connecting them to the physical/mental health, addiction, family, community, and employment resources that will empower them to step into a new life path. We offer temporary housing for 10-15 residents at Hobson House, our transitional community home, as a step between homelessness and permanent housing. We balance the immediacy of housing for our friends with a long term vision for ending homelessness in our city by advocating for institutional change alongside the Nashville Coalition for the Homeless and the Homelessness Commission and by offering classes on understanding poverty and homelessness to faith communities and other organizations.
The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It is the vision of the YWCA to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families, to achieve self-sufficiency, and to increase their financial strength. The YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. The YWCA serves more than 12,000 people annually by providing domestic violence services which includes a 24 hour crisis and information line, shelter, transitional housing and support groups. Other services include life skills and character education for middle school girls, and helping adults increase the level of their education.
The Clinic at Mercury Courts is a Nurse Managed Health Center established by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in collaboration with Urban Housing Solution, a not for profit housing organizations providing affordable, permanent housing for low income and recently homeless individuals and families. Our ongoing goal is to provide a stabilizing influence for this often neglected and overlooked part of the Nashville community while also educating our next generation of healthcare providers. We are accomplishing this by utilizing a holistic and collaborative healthcare model incorporating the disciplines of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social service and the individual as equal partners on the healthcare team.