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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Job Training, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment, Vocational Counseling

Mission: Monroe Harding continues to change young people’s lives every day. Founded in 1893 as an orphanage, Monroe Harding now serves children and youth who are in state’s custody. We believe every child deserves the chance for a better life. Our programs include Foster Care, Cooperative and Independent Living, and a Resource Center for older youth. Our range of services includes education, vocational skills, relationship building, spiritual formation, health & wellness, and - most importantly - the guidance and support of a caring adult in a safe and stable home. For more information on how you can help change the life of a young person, please visit our website at www.monroeharding.org or call us at (615) 298-5573.

Target demographics: We serve children and youth in state's custody

Programs: Monroe harding does for children and youth in state's custody what a family would do - love, support, and a chance for success. We have been doing this since 1893 and today accomplish our mission through five programs:middle tennessee collaborative: monroe harding, inc. Is the lead agency and a member of the middle tennessee collaborative, which contracts with the state of tennessee to provide a wide range of services through it's member agencies. The collaborative administers member billings to the state, payments from the state and monitors the member agencies performance. The collaborative provides member agencies with the expertise and support to help members achieve their service obligations. In 2014, the collaborative members provided services for one hundred ten (110) foster family youth, one hundred fifty (150) residential youth and twenty three (23) independent living residential youth. The youth served by the collaborative include boys and girls ranging in age from birth to twenty-one.

foster care: in partnership with the tn department of children services (dcs), we work with children's birth families to achieve, if possible, a permanent, safe, and nurturing home. When reunification is not possible, we strive for permanency for these children through adoption or independence. During 2014, mhi provided safe families for one hundred thirteen (113) children; one hundred eight (108) became part of new foster families or private foster homes, five (5) were adopted, and twenty nine (29) were reunified with their birth families. Since 2009, this program has more than tripled. From recruitment to initial and ongoing training, to 24/7 support, therapeutic services, respite care and enrichment activities, we implement best practices to ensure each placement is as successful as possible.

cooperative living (cl): provides 24-hr care for boys from states' custody, ages 16 - 18, living in three cottages on the monroe harding (mh) campus. All have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, and live in poverty. We serve twenty four (24) youth at a time, with an average length of stay of about six months. In 2014 we cared for seventy seven (77) young men, with 62% returning to their families. These residents were 44% white, 39% african-american, 10% hispanic, and 7% biracial. Youth receive educational support, mentoring, tutoring, post-secondary ed. Planning, life skills/job training, participate in cultural, wellness, and service learning; occurring after school and on weekends. Outcomes include educational gains; improved emotional health; improved physical health; all contributing to each youth's path toward independent living, academic success, gainful employment and overall health.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Monroe Harding more than 15 years ago and have supported them in different roles since that time. Many in the community may not understand the desperate lives of the youth that are served by MH. If they did, they would do everything in their power "change the system." I've read letters from teens who have move from hopeless (in their minds) to viable citizens who have learned the value of work, the importance of integrity, and (occasionally) the purpose that God has for their lives. I'll never forget the words of a former MH participant as he encouraged those in the MH program to cut the ties that connect them to a life that will probably lead to jail or death. He shared how satisfying it has been to be enrolled in college, have an apartment and own a car. Independence and self-worth are two consistent themes that run through the halls and programs of Monroe Harding. Everybody deserves a chance . . .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned about Monroe Harding two and a half years ago. As I have gotten better aquainted with the organization, I have been able to see the changes this organization makes in the lives of children and youth. Clients served are given good role models and structure in their lives. They learn that they are valuable and that they are capbable of achieving and never to put limiations on their abilities. Children and youth of all ages are encouraged and valued through this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Monroe Harding over 2 years through Jimmy Wayne's Project Meet Me Halfway. On a recent trip to Nashville, I had the honor of going to Monroe Harding and met the staff. The staff is deeply devoted to the well-being of the boys that live there. Their various programs all revolve around helping at these risk youths. They are definitely making an impact in these kids lives. I am a proud supporter of Monroe Harding and will continue to be one.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Monroe Harding's BOD three years ago and have been fully engaged with the mission of Changing Young People's Lives ever since. This organization works with a small budget to bring great value to the community. The staff works minor miracles in turning young people's attitudes and aspirations in a positive direction and in a short time frame. Monroe Harding has big dreams for the youth of middle Tennessee who need their services and the staff, BOD and our many supporters are working hard to make sure those dreams come true.

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Donor

Rating: 4

We are proud to support Monroe Harding and the work they are doing changing young people's lives. In a recent visit to MH, we saw the enormous positive impact their program makes --the young particpants had clearly grown in maturity, social skills, and confidence. As a donor, it is impressive to see what the skilled and committed MH staff is able to do with a modest budget and a huge passion.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to Monroe Harding for all they do to positively impact our youth! They are changing lives! I recommend that people support this organization because they fulfill an important role in the lives of many. Please recognize them for their dedication and hard work and devotion to those in need!

1 Julie60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Monroe Harding in December 2009 through Jimmy Wayne and his Project Meet Me Halfway, which brings awareness to the challenges foster youth face. Since then I have followed the work of Monroe Harding and visited them twice (from Wyoming). During my most recent visit I was taken by the dedication & caring hearts of the staff I met. I truly believe Monroe Harding does what they claim, "Changing Young People's Lives". Their programs offer young men in foster care the chance to overcome their hardships and gain an education, learn life skills, make friends and know what a home feels like. I wish there were more organizations such as Monroe Harding with the heart and dedication to helping foster youth achieve happiness and success.

2 Jackie14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Monroe Harding through Country Superstar Jimmy Wayne. Jimmy was one of those kids who aged out of the FosterCare system and Monroe Harding played a huge part & had an impact on his life. They continue to help SO many kids who come from broken homes. I will continue to support this WONDERFUL organization. They are absolutely awesome. This is ONE organization that deserves such recognition. I hope you take all these posts into careful consideration. Thank-You!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge supporter of Monroe Harding. Growing up in the system I know the importance and value of having a great support team surrounding these vulnerable youth. Monroe Harding cares for the youth of yesterday, today and tomorrow! Props to Monroe Harding for all they do for these youth!

1 Connie Lee C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I originally heard about Monroe Harding through Country star, Jimmy Wayne, who himself had lived a hard road as a boy and youth. Jimmy had been a Foster child and had ended up homeless and alone at various times himself, just as many of the youth - now taken care of in the safety and support of Monroe Harding - would have statistically ended up also. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Monroe Harding in person and I couldn't have been more impressed! The staff and volunteers working there are dedicated to helping the desperate and deserving youth in their care get on their feet. They not only provide them with a place to call home, but teach them life skills and help them with their education and work goals so that they may thrive and succeed. I highly recommend Monroe Harding as a place where young men's lives can be saved and turned around, and their dreams can be seen to become possible in their still malleable young hearts and minds.

Siobhan2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was so impressed with Monroe Harding when I had a tour of the facility by some of the young residents as part of an information breakfast.I wanted to come home and impart even just a little of the discipline,work ethic and tidiness that I saw displayed in their homes,to my own children.it had more of an impact,having heard from them on the panel about the way their lives used to be and the homes they had come from.To speak with such hope and respect for each other was just amazing.I was actually overwhelmed and felt like they would be wonderful young men to have in any work or school environment.They all talked about how they wanted to bring some of what they had learned back to their own families.MonroeHarding is not just changing one life ,there is a ripple effect within their own families and communities.Its an amazing place and worth supporting .