Make the community livable again. Those are words that probably do not often come to mind when people think and talk about Nashville, TN. Terms like IT City, Up and Coming, nightlife and music scene smother articles about our growing city. But there is an underground of Nashville.
By Emily Brazzel, Street Chaplain in Residence
In the few months that I have been working for Open Table Nashville, I have met the most resilient people I have ever known. No one better personifies that than my friend Ms. Madge. She spent many years on the street and since getting a place of her own, she has poured her time and energy into ending homelessness in Nashville. Not only is she a hands-on member of the Open Table community, she is also active in two other groups that help people facing homelessness to create a full life. This week, I was able to spend a good bit of time with Ms. Madge and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The more I am around her, the more I see how special and funny she is. We went to her last radiation treatment this week: she just completed her fourth battle with cancer, and came out victorious once again!
Ms. Madge is a force to be reckoned with—better look out, world!
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