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Shared Humanity on the Streets

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – I got the call that I was needed and I should come to the clinic immediately. The clinic sat on an especially impoverished stretch of Murfreesboro Road that would never be featured on any list of tourist attractions. The tiny space was constantly filled with people, most of whom had no insurance, no way to pay, and many who were currently experiencing homelessness in the area.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – My last blog post told the story of my friend Cliff and his campmates and how they had been forced to leave their campsite. That was at the beginning of March and in the time since he was moved from there, he has been forced to move two more times and is being forced out yet again.

Campsite area used by the homeless.

Campsite area used by the homeless.

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APSU, Montgomery County work together to keep juveniles out of court, on campus

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Jaclyn Lyons grew up in Chicago, in a neighborhood so rough that most of her childhood friends ended up in prison, addicted to drugs or the victims of violence. In 2009, Lyons joined the U.S. Army to escape that bleak environment, but she never forgot the young faces of her friends from those years before they lost hope.

Dr. Jeff Thompson and Jaclyn Lyons talk to the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees. (APSU)

Dr. Jeff Thompson and Jaclyn Lyons talk to the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees. (APSU)

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We’re here to end Homelessness

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – At least once a week, I wear one of my OTN shirts that we make for ourselves and to sell. While my “House Keys Not Handcuffs” gets the most comments from strangers, my most worn shirt is a simple, straightforward stencil: “End Homelessness”.

Tshirts "House Keys Not Handcuffs" and "End Homelessness"

Tshirts “House Keys Not Handcuffs” and “End Homelessness”

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Paul & Tara

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to bring people into the movement to end homelessness. How do we on the inside bring people with limited or no understanding of complex issues into a conversation that debunks the myths surrounding poverty and mental illness?

It wasn’t the stats or the “success stories” that got me into this work. It was seeing the common humanity and the brokenness of the system. It was meeting people on the street in desperate situations and being broken over their trauma and blown away by their humor.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

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City of Clarksville honors Agencies that fight Homelessness

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and the Office of Housing and Community Development Office paused Thursday to honor Clarksville’s service providers who fight homelessness and hunger.

“You are special folks, the leaders who step up in our community every day to work on the front lines in service to those who need a place to stay, nutritious food, medical care, and shelter from harm,” Mayor Pitts said. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you do to help our people and make Clarksville such a caring community.”

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Keith Lampkin, director of the Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development, present a Certificate of Appreciation to the the Salvation Army on Thursday at a breakfast  to honor  Clarksville’s service providers who fight homelessness and hunger. Also honored were Urban Ministries; Manna Café; The Salvation Army and Serenity House; Flourishing Families; the Community Action Agency; and the Green Hill Development Corporation.

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Keith Lampkin, director of the Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development, present a Certificate of Appreciation to the the Salvation Army on Thursday at a breakfast to honor Clarksville’s service providers who fight homelessness and hunger. Also honored were Urban Ministries; Manna Café; The Salvation Army and Serenity House; Flourishing Families; the Community Action Agency; and the Green Hill Development Corporation.

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City of Clarksville to honor Agencies that fight Homelessness

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville will recognize the federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs April 22nd-26th during National Community Development Week.

Locally, these programs are coordinated by the Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development.

Keith Lampkin, director of the Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development, discusses projects with staff members, from left, Jean Adcock, Brittney Cates and Lisa Walker.

Keith Lampkin, director of the Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development, discusses projects with staff members, from left, Jean Adcock, Brittney Cates and Lisa Walker.

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Clarksville Warming Shelters prepare for Cold Weather

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – With colder weather forecast for the Clarksville area, social service agencies are focusing on emergency shelter solutions for homeless people in need.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency offers short-term daytime shelter, homeless services and counseling referrals at its Old Firehouse Day Shelter, 1498 Golf Club Lane, Clarksville.

Cold puts focus on homeless services. Room in the Inn, Salvation Army gear up to meet need.

Cold puts focus on homeless services. Room in the Inn, Salvation Army gear up to meet need.

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City of Clarksville, United Way unveil “Real Change, Not Spare Change” program to reduce panhandling

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville and the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Area have introduced a program designed to reduce panhandling by encouraging citizens to give to agencies that attack the real problems of need and homelessness.

The “Real Change, Not Spare Change” program urges citizens to refrain from making direct donations to panhandlers. Instead, the campaign encourages residents to contribute to agencies that provide food for people in need and to agencies whose mission is to provide services to homeless individuals and families.

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Manna Café purchases property for The Manna Village

 

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Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – If you were to walk down the street and ask every person you saw what their dream was, they would have something to tell you. No matter how big or small, everyone has a dream.

For Kenny York, Founder and CEO of Manna Café, that dream has been a community of people who share the same mission: to meet the needs of homeless and low-income families in Montgomery County. After many years of waiting, that dream will finally become a reality.

Manna Café's Kenny York and Victoria York in front of property that will become The Manna Village.

Manna Café’s Kenny York and Victoria York in front of property that will become The Manna Village.

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