On Sunday, February 13, Belmont UMC’s United Methodist Women (UMW) will present a program about the services provided by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to students experiencing homelessness in Nashville. The program will take place 1:30pm via Zoom. Belmonter Catherine Knowles, who is the homeless liaison for MNPS and director of the HERO Program, will speak about MNPS’s assistance to homeless students. HERO stands for Homeless Education Resource and Outreach Program for Families in Transition.

A family may qualify for the HERO Program if there is a lack of fixed, regular, or adequate night-time residence. This broad definition includes families staying in shelters, hotels, motels, and campgrounds. It also includes any other space not meant for permanent habitation such as lodging with non-immediate relatives.

The HERO Program provides eligible students with a variety of services: enrollment assistance, help in obtaining legal documentation, school supplies, standard school attire, medical and counseling referral, and transportation. Transportation is often crucial in allowing students to stay in their familiar school.

This program is part of Belmont UMW’s emphasis on the effects of homelessness throughout Nashville. All Belmont UMC members are welcome to participate. Zoom access information will be made available soon.