Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery preparedness and assistance in Nashville and other communities impacted by natural disasters

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville plays a vital role in disaster recovery when natural disasters strike in the Nashville community. We are proud to be an active member of the area-wide Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) group, which is coordinating the recovery activities of many nonprofit organizations in Nashville, as well as the Management Agency Housing Taskforce. 

We are part of the steering committee for Nashville Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). VOAD advocates for preparedness, ensures coordination among Middle Tennessee agencies during a disaster, and manages long-term recovery efforts to restore communities to pre-disaster standards or better.

Our work includes short-term assistance, such as emergency cash assistance and meals, to long-term recovery, such as counseling and job-training. We also open our community facilities to other organizations providing ongoing disaster relief and recovery.

You can call the crisis helpline at (615) 244-7444. Language translation services are available.

2023 Tornadoes in Middle Tennessee

  • We are honored to provide support to Hands On Nashville as they train and deploy volunteers. Donor signups and requests for assistance can be accessed here: https://www.nashvilleresponds.com/
  • Our email address for disasters is disasterrelief@cctenn.org. Please contact us during office closures.

2021 Flood Assistance

We accepted applications for flood assistance. We helped with:

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Utility payments
  • Food assistance
  • Therapy

Disasters in Middle Tennessee

  • We took a lead role during the flood of 2010, assisting our neighbors for nearly two years.

In 2020, we offered a wide range of supports, and our efforts are still ongoing as we help with long term recovery in North Nashville, East Nashville, Hermitage, and Mount Juliet.

  • We were the only agency funded by a federal grant to provide relief to survivors of the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville.

Helping Our Neighbors in Other States

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville received a number of out-of-state donations to support relief efforts for the 2020 tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee.

Our future disaster-relief programs will support other parishes and Catholic Charities organization around the nation, as we did when Hurricane Laura damaged the Gulf Coast. Our team contacted Catholic Charities Southwest Louisiana about top needs, put out a call for donations, and sent a tractor trailer full of supplies to Louisiana. We also made a $15,000 donation.

Disaster Recovery Services
2020 Tornado Recovery

Short-term and long-term recovery assistance for anyone impacted by disasters

2021 Nashville Strong

Recovery assistance for individuals and business impacted by the bombing in Downtown Nashville

2023 Tornado Recovery

Short-term and long-term recovery assistance for anyone impacted by disasters

Help us provide more disaster recovery

We are grateful for your support in helping our neighbors.

News & Events
Disaster Recovery

As proud members of Nashville Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Catholic Charities plays a key role in disaster preparedness in the area. We were excited to be a site for August’s month city-wide drill that will ensure that for future needs, volunteers can be mobilized in a central location before deployment where they are most […]

Disaster Recovery

From Executive Director Judy K. Orr Catholic Charities resettling 330 Afghans to Middle Tennessee Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville, has welcomed 330 Afghan refugees who were displaced by the largest evacuation in 50 years of people from their home country to the U.S. Our commitment to this segment of the 125,000 evacuees is now in its […]

Disaster Recovery

From Judy K. Orr, Executive Director The Latest on Afghan Refugee Assistance We so appreciate everyone who has reached out to help us welcome Afghans who have come to Nashville to start new lives. Our proud tradition of working with New Americans began in 1962. So far, 85 of the 300 people assigned to our […]