60 Years of Serving Nashville’s Homeless


60 Years of Serving Nashville’s Homeless
Nashville Rescue Mission celebrates birthday with big bash, tours and unveils new beautification project

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Nashville Rescue Mission will celebrate 60 years of serving Nashville’s homeless community with a birthday bash and the entire community is invited. Take part in the festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that includes hamburgers, hot dogs and dessert in the Mission’s beautifully transformed entrance and parking lot at 639 Lafayette Street.

“Nashville Rescue Mission has a rich history,” said Glenn Cranfield, president and CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission. “It started back in 1953, when Dr. Charles Fuller led a revival at the Ryman Auditorium. After hearing the founder of Memphis Rescue Mission speak and noticing the numerous homeless men living on the streets, Fuller incorporated the issue of homelessness into his sermon. As the revival came to a close, people in the audience gave a spontaneous love offering to be used to open an interdenominational rescue mission that would care for the city’s homeless and hurting.”

On March 15, 1954, papers of incorporation were drawn up and a charter was secured—forming what is now Nashville Rescue Mission. Within a week, two rooms were rented in an unused building at 429 McGavock Street. The night before the rooms were opened, five homeless men who had learned of the project wandered in and slept on a single bed, a pallet and the bare floor. Today, Nashville Rescue Mission shelters up to 900 guests a night between it’s Men’s and Women’s Campuses. Last year, the Mission served 625,000 meals and provided over 255,500 nights of safe shelter. All of this is provided at no cost to guests and is made possible through the generosity of donors.

In addition to the emergency services provided to the homeless in the area, the Mission also offers case management, resources and long-term treatment for those struggling with 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, the Men’s Campus is located on the corner of 7th and Lafayette Street and the Women’s Campus is on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard.

“The city of Nashville has been so kind and compassionate to those seeking help through Nashville Rescue Mission,” said Cranfield. “This 60th anniversary is really a big birthday party for the Mission to celebrate the support of this generous community we live in. We hope everyone can come out and join us, have a piece of cake, take a tour, see all the recent updates made to the Mission’s facility, as well as get a glimpse into the numerous lives that have been rescued, changed and transformed through their support.”

About Nashville Rescue Mission
Since 1954, Nashville Rescue Mission has met the needs of the poor and homeless through emergency services and life recovery programs focusing on spiritual growth, education and employment with a goal of restoring hope and transforming lives. Nashville Rescue Mission is a 501c3 nonprofit and is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Visit nashvillerescuemission.org for information.

Press Contact:
Michelle Sanders Brinson 615-312-1522

Help Nashville Rescue Mission Hydrate the Homeless


Help Nashville Rescue Mission Hydrate the Homeless
Nashville Rescue Mission needs donations of bottled water

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—With temperatures expected to reach in the 90s every day this week, Nashville’s homeless population is at a greater risk for dehydration and heat stroke. This type of extreme heat can be life threatening. It’s on days like this when Nashville Rescue Mission launches Hot Patrol.

“The Mission’s Hot Patrol van goes out when the temperature is over 90 degrees,” said Mike Tatar, the Mission’s lead case manager. “We patrol the streets of Nashville handing out cold bottles of water to the homeless, and encouraging them to come back to the Mission for shelter, refreshment and spiritual guidance. We also make water available to our guests throughout the day to insure they stay hydrated.”

“We serve over 900 people each and every day,” said Glenn Cranfield, president and CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission. “These are just the ones who come to the Mission seeking help. It doesn’t include the men, women and children who choose to stay on the street. Our Hot Patrol offers them a bottle of cold water. It might just be the small act of kindness that convinces them to seek shelter and could potentially save their life.”

With hotter temperatures and increasing demand, the need for bottled water is enormous. Supplies are low and the need is great. Nashville Rescue Mission needs help from the Nashville community to build up its supply of bottled water in order to help those in need today, as well as those who will be in need throughout the summer.

“It’s not uncommon to hear of someone dying from heat exposure,” says Cranfield. “In the past, this might have happened in a city like Phoenix or Albuquerque, but it’s also happening in places like Nashville. Sadly, it’s a reality of being homeless.”

The warmer temperatures bring along a whole set of survival concerns for the homeless: how to stay cool and hydrated in the heat. “After a long day outside in this heat, I’m definitely irritable, disoriented and unable to eat,” says John, who’s been homeless for 3 years. “It’s nice to be able to come to the Mission where there’s air conditioning and cold water.”

“Giving these needed items to the homeless can sometimes spark enough of a connection to help get people off the streets,” says Cranfield. “You could give a homeless person a cold bottle of water and a clean pair of socks, and suddenly he decides he doesn’t want to be homeless anymore.”

Donations of bottled water can be received at the Mission’s Donation Center, located at 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00
p.m. or you can make an online donation at www.nashvillerescuemission.org/donate.


About Nashville Rescue Mission
Since 1954, Nashville Rescue Mission has been meeting the needs of the poor and homeless through emergency services and life-recovery programs focusing on spiritual growth, education and employment with a goal of restoring hope and transforming lives. Nashville Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Press Contact:
Michelle Sanders Brinson 615-312-1522

Music With a Mission

A mission benefit for Nashville Rescue Mission to feature celebrated entertainers Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7 P.M. at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.


CONTACT: Lucinda L. Hall
Lucinda Hall Public Relations (615) 394-7592

Tickets Now on Sale


NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 11, 2014—Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Steve and Rudy, along with the GRAMMY® award-winning Nashville Symphony, will host this year’s “Music With A Mission” on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This annual event benefits and raises awareness for Nashville Rescue Mission, which serves more than 2,000 meals per day to the hungry and homeless in the Nashville community.
Larry Gatlin explains, “As a recovering alcoholic, the men and women at the Mission mean a lot to me. One of my heart’s desires is to help them on their journey. I believe the ‘Music With A Mission’ concert is going to do just that…On second thought, they will be helping this old alcoholic on my journey. KEEP THE FAITH.”
Restless Heart hosted the first “Music With A Mission” concert in 2010. This talented group of musicians continued to grow the event with their support and energy for the next two years. Glenn Cranfield, Nashville Rescue Mission president and chief executive officer, says, “We will be ever grateful for their dedication to making this event such a success.”
In addition to the Gatlins, scheduled performers include country-recording artist Tracy Lawrence; Lynda Carter, singer, film and television star, who played the role of “Wonder Woman”; the Beegie Adair Trio, highly regarded jazz-recording musicians; Chip Esten, comedian, actor and singer, known for his role as “Deacon” in ABC’s hit drama, “Nashville”; The Henningsens, a family trio of musicians and songwriters; The Willis Clan, of ABC’s “America’s Got Talent” fame, a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artists; and Jesse Lee Jones, owner of Robert’s Western World and the leader of its house band, Brazilbilly.
“Nashville Rescue Mission and the men, women and children who benefit from our programs and services are grateful to receive such tremendous support from Nashville’s entertainment community,” states Cranfield. “Last year’s event raised over $200,000, and we are sure to top that amount with this year’s event. The Mission offers so much more than just a meal to those in need. In order for hearts to be open to change, we must first meet the physical needs of the people we serve. It is in meeting their most basic needs we give them hope for today. But it doesn’t stop there. As individuals see and experience increased opportunities, relational support, improved situations and genuine joy, hope begins to take root. Through the Mission’s Life Recovery Program, educational classes, job training and counseling, students find there is hope for tomorrow.”
He concludes, “Finally, we offer everyone who enters our doors hope for eternity. As hope is restored and relationships are mended, we seek to show the everlasting benefits of a life lived in service to the One

who restores and renews. We are so thankful to everyone who plays a role in helping us meet the needs of those coming to us for help.”
Jim Gray will conduct the Nashville Symphony, and Nashville Rescue Mission’s very own choir will also share their musical talents on stage. WSMV-TV anchor Demetria Kalodimos will act as master of ceremony. Wendell Sanders and The Fowler Group of Raymond James are Presenting Sponsors.
All of the “Music With A Mission” performers are donating their time and talent to the event, with proceeds benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is located at One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201.
Tickets for this benefit are now on sale, with general admission seating at $35.00 and $50.00, and box seats at $125.00 each. Prior to the show, attendees will have an opportunity to bid in a silent auction on items donated by performing and other celebrity artists. The silent auction will feature many unique items including Grand Ole Opry Experience Packages; concert tickets and backstage passes to famous artists, such as Jason Aldean; handwritten and autographed lyrics for number one songs; and special items from the performing artists. Tickets and other information are available online at http://www.mwmnashville.com or by calling (615) 687-6400. Proceeds will benefit Nashville Rescue Mission.
Nashville Rescue Mission exists to provide practical help and promising hope to people in need throughout Middle Tennessee. The Mission’s goal is to help others know the saving grace of Jesus, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of the community. Nashville Rescue Mission, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203. For more information on this event, please visit http://www.mwmnashville.com, or call (615) 312-1550.



A—(From left) The Gatlin Brothers—Steve, Larry and Rudy Gatlin B—Tracy Lawrence, country-recording artist
C—”Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter, singer and film and television star
D—Chip Esten, comedian, actor and singer (Deacon in ABC’s hit drama, “Nashville”) E—The Willis Clan, from ABC’s “America’s Got Talent”
F—The Beegie Adair Trio, jazz-recording artists and entertainers
G—The Henningsens, American music family trio of entertains and songwriters
H—Jesse Lee Jones, owner of Robert’s Western World and the leader of its house band, Brazilbilly I—Demetria Kalodimos, WSMV-TV anchor

Editor’s note:
Artists’ websites for additional information:
• Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers — http://www.gatlinbrothers.com
• Tracy Lawrence — http://www.tracylawrence.com
• Lynda Carter — http:///www.lyndacartersings.com

• Chip Esten — https://twitter.com/CharlesEsten
• The Willis Clan — http://www.thewillisclan.com
• The Beegie Adair Trio — http://www.beegieadair.com
• The Henningsens — http://www.thehenningsens.com/home
• Jesse Lee Jones — http://robertswesternworld.com/about/jesse-lee/