Nashville Introduces The TABLE Project – a program for teens with an incarcerated parent

A new initiative to help teens with an incarcerated parent or family member
The TABLE Project is an hand’s-on program for Youth ages 14-19 held in west Nashville at the Cohn School’s Woodworking Shop after school, 3-5:30pm on Thursdays and over the summer.Mentored by experienced woodworkers and business owners, teens are taught through practical experience. The students will build a picnic table, market it, and sell it. The funds from the project will be placed into a fund for continuing their education such as scholarships for college and/or vocational training programs.

This hands-on service learning project builds important skills such as practical use of tools, project planning, practical math, communication skills, and social skills. Clients will be mentored through the process of taking a product/project from the conceptualization/design phase to being marketed and sold.

To refer a teen to the youth program or get more information about the TABLE Project, email us at reconciliation84@gmailcom

To volunteer, please call us at 615-292-6371.

Record Year in 2013

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

Youth RoomWith 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 Programskids2. This year our focus was on creating family memories and moments which increase family cohesion.

You are Invited to a Holiday Housewarming

a home is builtIt is time to celebrate…new beginnings, good friends and another year of service
as we enter into our 30th year
of restoring families impacted by incarceration in Tennessee.

Please join us for a

Holiday Housewarming

on Sunday, December 8, 2013
from 2 – 4pm

at 4908 Kentucky Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209

We have moved into our new home and we are settled in!  Hear about Reconciliation’s new and expanded reunification programs for youth and families. Plus, see how you can be a part in making a difference!

2pm Refreshments, Live Music & Fellowship
2:30 Welcome & Program
*Jeff Blum Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation*

For more info and to RSVP, call 615-292-6371