2013 was a phenomenal year of growth for the agency benefiting record number of clients! Here are some of the high points:
Reconciliation won a grant (JAG) through the Dept. of Correction to provide a family reunification counseling program to 75 women and their families at Tennessee Prison for Women. The program is now in it’s 6th month. We are able to assist families who have been disconnected and struggling for years.
In the Fall, we moved into our New and Improved Guesthouse at 4908 Kentucky Ave. just half a mile from our old location. On a quiet section of the neighborhood, with a new kitchen, bathrooms, and beds, we now offer a commercial grade playground and a separate area for families with a need for more quiet. We also are proud to be able to offer more hospitality services, like family style meals, due to the special care Donna and Lee bring to the program.
We partnered with Aphesis House to provide family counseling to individuals returning home after residing in a halfway house. Our Counseling Intern, Audrey Smith, spearheads this effort. She also provides individual counseling inside TPW because that type of assistance in not readily available while incarcerated.
The New and Improved Youth Outreach Program was introduced in October with a collaboration with the Cohn School. Therapeutic groups, individual & family counseling, and wraparound services are being provided by our youth outreach specialist, Darlene Kimbrough and Counseling Intern, Tip Mosley.
Reconciliation’s new Teen Room at West Nashville United Methodist Church near the Cohn School
With the help of West End United Methodist Church, TRICOR, and other community supports, we provided Christmas to 100 individuals (60 families) who participate in Separate Prisons, Family Reunification, and Youth Programs. This year our focus was on creating family memories and moments which increase family cohesion.