Catholic Charities Philosophy
A single locations for families and individuals to find services
Help in a short-term crisis and provide long-term support to enrich clients' lives
Family resource centers are centrally located so they are easy to find and visit.
Individuals and families in need often have to call or visit multiple agencies to get the help they need. Finding the right help is time consuming, frustrating, and often confusing.
Family resources centers solve this problem. In one place, clients can find the services and expert advice to navigate a short-term crisis and find long-term support to enrich their lives.
Catholic Charities has operated family resource centers for more than 20 years. Our flagship family resource center is Catholic Charities at C. E. McGruder in North Nashville. We also have the Catholic Charities Family Resource Center at Casa Azafrán in South Nashville.
In 2021, Catholic Charities will open five new family resource centers as part of the Tennessee Serves Neighbors program. Another five are planned to open in 2022.
Each Catholic Charities family resource center focuses on the specific needs of residents living in close proximity. Typical community risk factors include poverty, hunger, homelessness, abuse, neglect, poor health, evictions, mental illness, substance abuse and/or family conflict.
Generally speaking, each center offers:
The specific services depend largely on the community’s needs.
Partnerships are a enormous part of a family resource center’s success. Catholic Charities often provides space for other organizations to operate out of its locations so residents can meet multiple professionals in a single trip.
Family resource centers also serve as local hub of community activity and meetings. They provide a space where residents can collaborate to create a promising future by leading the development of community planning that best fits their unique needs to drive their future successes.
Tennessee Serves Neighbors will expand Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville’s successful Family Resources Center model over the next two years to more counties that are part of the Diocese of Nashville.
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