DreamWeave: Renewing Lives, Recycling Products

Originally posted on Sherry Cothran:

What can you create out of discarded potato chip bags, dental floss and a scrapbook cutter? How about a new life?

If you have patience, time and a little creativity, you can not only create a fashionable purse from recycled materials, you can build a future, ex-nihilo, out of complete and utter nothingness. That is, if you happen to find yourself in that seemingly dead-end situation known as prison and you happen to be a woman.  dreamweave photo

DreamWeave is a social enterprise aspiring to help women help themselves while still in prison; creating beautiful, fashionable purses out of recycled products. Through job skills training, creative writing and resources for career opportunities we seek to help women locate the dream in their own hearts and let it shine. Not an easy thing to do in this world, shine as a woman, that is, particularly when you are locked up. It…

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Participate in ‘The Big Payback’ THIS Tuesday!

Do you know what’s happening on May 6?

The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on May 6, 2014 – and Family Reconciliation Center (formerly known as Reconciliation, Inc.) is excited to be a partner this year! This 24-hour online charitable giving day will help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise much-needed unrestricted dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our communities.

How it Works | 
For 24-hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, donors can make gifts to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. Donations will be amplified by incentives, bonuses and additional prizes. It will be a race to the finish! | CLICK HERE to give to Family Reconciliation Center now (available Tuesday, May 6)!

Here’s how you can participate:
Available all day Tuesday, May 6, click on the logo below to give a special donation to Family Reconciliation Center – it’s that simple!:


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.