What we do at Open Table Nashville cannot be done without the financial support of the individuals, community and organizational partners who share the vision and work we do. In 2013, we are excited to report that we accomplished the…
Posted by Lindsey Krinks
Last week, we had four people in the same hospital: a hit and run, a baby born early, and two broken bodies driven to madness by broken minds. I cannot fathom what it would be like to feel my flesh and bones give way to a rush of metal, to give birth to a child without a home, to be haunted by voices no one else hears. I walked the sterile, weaving, windowless hallways feeling heavy, reminding myself I cannot fix people. They said both his legs were broken, that his lungs were not fully formed, that she was severely malnourished, that he would get to keep his feet. Plastic tubes with legal drugs spilled into their veins quieting the voices, numbing the pain. For now, they will all make it, but in their varying states, what do they hunger for? Is it stillness, silence, reprieve, escape? Is it human touch, meaning, answers, grace? When I visited him, he could barely speak. He opened the slits of his eyes long enough to know I was there, that it was me, and reached out for my hand. He took my hand in his, squeezed it, and kissed it. He knew he was not alone, and for the moment, that was enough.
Welcome to Spring! The calendar has turned, the weather has warmed and we have 5,500 reasons to be thankful.
When the temperatures drop below 25 degrees, OTN coordinates Emergency Warming Shelters to accommodate unhoused individuals who can’t or won’t go into traditional shelters.
The numbers are in – and they are AMAZING! This winter, with the help of volunteers like you, OTN:
Recently, Anderson Cooper and the crew of 60 Minutes spent some time with our Open Table Nashville community. In the hours he spent with us, learning about the lives that were changed, he, too, was transformed.
When asked about the impact this report had on him, he had this to say:
It really changes your perception of the problem of homelessness and the people who end up being homeless…we all have support networks. We all have family and friends and a job and things that support us when we trip. These are people who have burned through those support networks. And that’s really the only difference.
Check out this press release about the upcoming 60 Minutes show that features our joint efforts to move our friends off the streets and into permanent housing:
From: Tedesco, Kevin
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 1:52 PM
Subject: Housing the Homeless Can Save Money – 60 MINUTES
GIVING APARTMENTS TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS CAN SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, ADVOCATES SAY – “60 MINUTES”
The “100,000 Homes Campaign” Has Already Gotten 80,000 People Off The Streets
Advocates for the homeless say providing apartments to those who have been on the streets the longest and are at greatest medical risk can actually save taxpayers money. Even if these people have not yet received treatment for substance abuse or alcohol problems, getting them off the streets often keeps them out of hospitals, where the cost for one night is more than a month’s rent in many places. Anderson Cooper reports from Nashville, one of the cities that have joined the 100,000 Homes Campaign, for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 9 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Tennessee Alliance for Progress has nominated Ingrid McIntyre for their Long Haul Award. They have nominated Lauren Plummer for their Young Leader Award.
These awards celebrate “the work of Tennessee’s exemplary progressive activists.” We know Ingrid and Lauren join Lindsey in evolving both human services and theological witness in ways that care for whole persons in tangible ways. We also know that while Ingrid, Lauren, and Lindsey are being noted here as distinguished Tennesseans, they are truly leaders for the nation and the world. We are so blessed to serve with and be led by them. You can what the nominators for Ingrid and Lauren wrote about their exemplary work on the link.