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Christmas Miracle Offering impacts our city’s homelessness

Community Care Fellowship (CCF), Belmont UMC’s Christmas Miracle recipient, was started 41 years ago by Rev. Rock Hardaway and Ken and Carol Powers of McKendree United Methodist Church to help the unhoused in Nashville. For many years in Nashville, it was known to some as ‘Ken and Carol’s” program.

Through the years it has grown into a multi-level program that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people it serves. On one level, its Resource Hubs provide stabilizing services such as food, clothing, showers, laundry, hygiene, pastoral counseling, mental health services, and case management. On another level, CCF provides temporary housing in its mobile housing units at different churches in Nashville and from there, help in procuring permanent housing. In addition, the CCF operates the Dare to Dream Development Center, that provides care and education for children, as well as education and counseling for parents.

Your donation will go toward the maintenance of CCF’s Resource Hubs and the expansion of its preschool program, the Dare to Dream Development Center.

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From the November 27, 2022 Belmont News newsletter

Once again Belmonters will have the chance to make a difference in the lives of the marginalized in Nashville through this year’s Christmas Miracle Offering recipient, Community Cares Fellowship.

Community Care Fellowship (CCF) works to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the unhoused in Nashville. Since its founding 40 years ago, it has grown to serve the needs of more than 2000 people in three sites near homeless encampments in Nashville: one in Madison, one in east Nashville near the James Cayce Homes, and one in West Nashville. CCF also runs the Dare to Dream Child Development Center.

CCF provides a systematic approach that starts out by providing stabilizing services such as food, shelter and hygiene followed by education, counseling, employment and temporary and permanent housing. The stabilizing services are provided in three Resource Hubs located at its major sites near homeless encampments. There, people receive meals, showers, laundry, hygiene, help with mail, pastoral counseling, mental health services and case management.

In addition to these stabilizing services, guests receive education, help in finding employment and housing. Participants receive career counseling through its Career Counseling Program, and parents receive parental counseling at the Dare to Dream Development Center. In addition, CCF partners with a social enterprise, Resera which employs women to make jewelry, and Big Al Mowing, which employs both men and women.

CCF operates the Mobile Housing Navigation Center that coordinates mobile housing units at several churches in Nashville where people stay in dormitory-type space for 90 to 120 days. There they receive intensive case management to determine what they need to become independent. These mobile units also provide addiction and mental health services. After this, the CCF provides guidance in procuring permanent housing.

So how can Belmonters help this multi-leveled program for the unhoused? First of all, donations from the Christmas Miracle Offering will provide funding for CCF’s Resource Hubs, which in 2021 provided approximately 6,000 showers, 4500 laundry loads, 35,000 hygiene items and 25,000 meals. Belmont’s donation will also help CCF expand its preschool program. Secondly, volunteers are always needed in the kitchen to prepare, serve meals and clean up, greet people at the front desk, hand out hygiene items to guests, or work with children in the Child Development Center.

You can give online by clicking here or text "BELMONT CHRISTMAS" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.