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Benevolence Committee

Benevolence Committee Mission Statement

We respond to Christ's call by sharing our resources with nonprofit organizations in which our funds make a significant impact in helping serve those in need in our local community and around the world.

We Value
¢ Conducting a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church through caring and compassion.

¢ Integrating our effort with other ministries of the church.

¢ Being stewards of the church's resources with accountability and integrity.

¢ Reflecting the inclusive nature of Christ's ministry by seeing all persons as equals and each person as having worth.

Click here for agency contact information and volunteer opportunities.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Benevolence Funds currently support  the following agencies:

Better Decisions

The mission for Better Decisions is to teach and foster decision-making and life-planning skills among women who are incarcerated, and others expressing interest, by means of a structured curriculum delivered by trained volunteers. For further information, you may email betterdecisions@comcast.net or look at the web site www.betterdecisions.org.

Room In The Inn

Room In The Inn is an interfaith organization rooted in communities of faith. This agency provides crisis support, hospitality, education, shelter and long-term solutions to homeless men, women, and families. Agency contact: Rachel Hester 251-9791 or rachel.hester@roomintheinn.org; website: www.roomintheinn.org.

Cumberland Heights

Cumberland Heights is a not for profit treatment center committed to a tradition of providing the highest quality care possible, in a cost-effective manner, for persons and their families who are at risk for, or who are suffering, from the disease of chemical dependency. Treatment encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of recovery by offering a safe, loving and healing environment; combining professional excellence and the principles of the 12 Steps.
For more information, see www.cumberlandheights.org.

Family Reconciliation Center
Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community.  Reconciliation recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime.  Innocent of any wrong-doing, they often are blamed and ostracized by friends and the community. Through assistance and advocacy, Reconciliation creates an environment where families can support one another in order to meet their basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs; strengthen and maintain family bonds through the crisis of incarceration; and aid in readjustment upon release of loved ones thereby reducing recidivism and making a safer community for everyone. 
Website: www.familyreconciliationcenter.com
Interfaith Dental Clinic
The mission of Interfaith Dental Clinic is to restore, protect and improve the oral health of uninsured, low-income working people, their children, and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services, and oral health education.
Website: www.interfaithdentalclinic.com
Joy in Learning 
The Joy in Learning program is designed to enrich the lives of volunteers and learners. Volunteers use their gifts of art, craft (sometimes sewing, sometimes stitching, sometimes¦), culinary, pottery, or woodwork while building compassionate relationships in a 1:1 or 1:2 setting. Currently, the learners in this program are children from Nations Ministry, Preston Taylor Ministries, as well as Westminster. All sessions in this program are held at Westminster for two hours.
Living Waters for the World
at Westminster

The mission of this ministry at Westminster is to partner with families, communities, and institutions in Tennessee and in Peru who lack access to clean drinking water in order to provide simple, affordable, and sustainable water purification systems and to provide health, hygiene, and spiritual education. To learn more, you may contact Terry Allen at tallen1939@gmail.com or website: http://livingwatersfortheworld.org.
Martha O'Bryan Center
On a foundation of Christian faith, the Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship. Martha O'Bryan Center services are targeted to the 1,856 residents who live in 720 apartments in the James A. Cayce Homes, Nashville's oldest and largest public housing development, as well as residents of surrounding East Nashville neighborhoods. Agency contact: Deb Fay, VP of Development, dfay@marthaobryan.org Website: www.marthaobryan.org.
Matthew 25
In 1986, Matthew 25 opened in Nashville with one mission”help homeless men who want to help themselves. Each year, nearly 250 homeless men, half of which are US Veterans, come to Matthew 25 to find help, housing and”most importantly”hope. More than a shelter, we create an environment of accountability and hard work, where men lift themselves up, find jobs and homes, reconnect with their families and ultimately change their lives for the better.
Website: http://www.matthew25helps.com
Monroe Harding
Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do. We provide support, security and a chance for success. Monroe Harding continues to change young people's lives every day. Founded in 1893 as an orphanage, Monroe Harding now serves children and youth who are in state's custody. Our range of services includes education, vocational skills, relationship building, spiritual formation, health & wellness, and - most importantly - the guidance and support of a caring adult in a safe and stable home.
Website: www.monroeharding.org.
The Montreat Conference Center is one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The conference center is under the management of the Mountain Retreat Association, which formed in 1905 and is a church related institute. For over 100 years, we have been a place set apart for those who journey here seeking a closer relationship with their Creator.
Nashville Area Habitat
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides people with the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Website: http://www.habitatnashville.org.
Nations Ministry
Nations Ministry Center operates a Refugee Center in West Nashville that serves recently arrived refugees and immigrants from predominantly African countries. Staff and volunteers serve as advocates for refugee families as they seek to assimilate in the city of Nashville. Nations Ministry Center provides many programs that cater to refugee children and promote English literacy among children and adults.

Contact: Chris Lovingood 828-9664
or chris@nationsministrycenter.org
Website: www.nationsministrycenter.org.

Oasis Center

Each year, 3000 of Nashville's most vulnerable youth are given opportunities to rebuild their lives through services that speak to desperate teens, many of them homeless or otherwise in desperate need. Oasis Center is a one-stop Youth Opportunity Center with nine youth-serving organizations in one building where young people are safe and nourished emotionally, physically, psychologically and academically.  Contact: Tom Ward, CEO/Executive Director 615-327-4455
Website: www.oasiscenter.org.

Park Center
Since 1984, Park Center has provided a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate environment for people with mental illness to come and work on their own recovery. By offering a wide variety of services, each person who chooses Park Center can begin their recovery by identifying their strengths and learn how to build on those strengths to live the best possible life they can “ one day at a time for a lifetime. Contact: Barbara Quinn, (615) 242-3576
or barbara.quinn@parkcenternashville.org
Website: www.parkcenternashville.org.
Preston Taylor Ministries

Preston Taylor Ministries provides tutoring and life skills training to at risk youth in grades K through 12 and beyond.

Contact: Chan Sheppard 963-3996
or cgsheppard@prestontaylorministies.org
Website: www.prestontaylorministries.org.

Renewal House

Renewal House provides Nashville's first, largest and most comprehensive residential recovery program for addicted women and their children -- allowing families to restore, renew, and recover their lives together.

Contact: Laura Berlind (615)255-5222
or lberlind@renewalhouse.org.

Website: www.renewalhouse.org

The Outreach Foundation

Our Mission: Engaging Presbyterians and global partners in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision: Creating dynamic relationships that deepen mission passion and build mission capacity. Website: http://www.theoutreachfoundation.org

The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee

The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee is a community of disciples that engages in worshipful work in order to further the mission of God.

We are the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Middle Tennessee bound together by our shared faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment to the Reformed Tradition. Composed of 89 churches between the Tennessee River and the Cumberland Plateau, we are members of a connectional church family and part of the Synod of Living Waters.

Website: http://www.presbyterymiddletennessee.org

Theological Education Fund

Theological Education Foundation
Our denomination's seminaries are funded through a two-part system consisting of the Theological Education Fund (1% Plan) and the Theological Schools Endowment Fund.

The Theological Education Fund is administered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, KY. Five ministry areas carry out our missional work: Compassion, Peace and Justice; Evangelism and Church Growth; Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women; Theology, Worship and Education; and World Mission. Together with Shared Services, Communications, and Funds Development, these ministry areas work to inspire, equip, and connect all Presbyterians for the church's work.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty,

UKIRK Nashville: Presbyterian Campus Ministries at Vanderbilt and Belmont
UKIRK Nashville is a Christian community dedicated to experiencing Christ on campus through worship, mission, and fellowship. We gather weekly as a community of faith to worship God through the study of scripture, singing of songs, prayer, food and fellowship. To find out about our day-to-day mission endeavors, activities and get-togethers.
Contact: Rev. C.J.Thompson, (615) 343-4213
or ukirknashville@gmail.com
Website: www.psfnashville.org
Westminster Home Connection
Westminster Home Connection works to bring resources together to create safe and sustainable homes for our neighbors throughout Middle Tennessee.

Keith Branson, Director
Westminster Home Connection

Website: http://www.westminsterhomeconnection.org




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