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 . . .
I was a teenager when I came to Monroe Harding in 1989. I was poor, frightened and angry. I found stability, family and love in those walls for the first time in my life.
I will never forget everyone there. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 .
Monroe Hardy extends a hand of hope to young boys from environments of indifference and brutality. The small school compound is a haven of respite while the boys grow through education and experience emotional stability often for the first time. Through hundreds of volunteer hours plus an exceptional staff the goal is to guide, seek, and bring to fruition the potential within each boy: everyone benefits.
I was introduced to Monroe Harding just this year by Mary Baker, new CEO of the organization. Her apparent enthusiasm for what can be done to help these young people is very impressive.I had the pleasure of attending an information breakfast followed by a tour of the facility. We met several of the young men who greatly impressed me and underscored just how important Monroe Harding is at this point in their lives. The words they used were - 'hope' 'respect' 'esteem' and 'learning to be a man' . As the mother of teenage sons I know how vital these things are in the development of young males and I am happy to support Monroe Harding as they pursue their missioon to change lives for the better.
Monroe-Harding has provided a crucial service to our community for well over 100 years. They help make sure no child falls through the cracks even in this rough economic time.
Monroe Harding is serving a very important role for children in the community and have been good stewards of their beautiful campus.
I have been involved with Monroe Harding for over 4 years as a volunteer and Board member. During that time I have seen how this organization has touched the lives of numerous young men and given them hope and direction. Monroe Harding has been serving youth for over a hundred years and continues to provide much needed assistance to children and youth.
Monroe Harding serves every need for our most vulnerable children and youth. They provide foster homes, group living, mentoring, relationship-building skills, safety and structure, encouragement, spiritual formation, life skills training, education, job placement, and more. This gives every young person the opportunity to live a whole, happy and independent life.
As a Presbyterian, I have known about Monroe Harding since I moved to Nashville. Now that I have become more involved and understand the work they are doing to help children and youth in the foster care system, I am a huge fan. The staff is wonderful with the youth and for many of these kids, MH is the only family they have. Their 119 year history is a testament to the quality of the program.
Monroe Harding not only benefits the children and families served but has also impacted me in a very positive way. I have a better life by being part of Monroe Harding. I am able to see different types of perspectives of youths in custody, families of the youths, staff working with different types of services and all the good things happening through a change process through one child at a time.
Monroe Harding fills a critical void in the DCS system. Countless numbers of at-risk youth have been served and continue to be served by this much-needed organization.
I have a Monroe Harding tshirt. Whenver I where it in the community, random people come up to me and ask how I'm involved. Several times, I have had people tell me stories of how they had been in foster care and needed support from the broader community or how they had family & friends that had been helped by Monroe Harding. That is a legacy I want to support!
"Love is work made visible" is a quote from 'The Prophet' by Gibran and although written long ago, it is stiill true today. Monroe-Harding exemplifies love in action. The young people who are sometimes angry and always hurting, can find a staff that is not only skilled but compassionate and caring. I know this because one of the staff is a personal friend and I see his dedication and compassion, his meticulous attention to detail and his willingness to 'go the extra mile' for both the youth in his care and for the staff with whom he works. He is one of many who work tirelessly to provide quality care at Monroe-Harding.
Monroe Harding gives youth a new start and a better chance at success in all aspects of their lives.
Monroe Harding has been a successful program for many years and continues to serve children and families daily. Their ability to work with children from the child welfare system and to help children and families move forward is amazing.
Monroe Harding truly does what they say they do- change young people's lives. This place gives children and youth in state's custody the chance for a better life. Nashville has many non-profits, but this one has been around for so long and day in and day out they continue to do all they can to help these youth!
Many times challenging children are given up on, but with Monroe Harding many of these children have been given the opportunity to change their lives in a positive way and have went on to be successful young adults! I am an active foster parent through Monroe Harding. The concern and love they show each and every child that is placed through them is amazing. I recommend them to anyone who shows an interest in foster care. They are staffed with great people and have many wonderful programs. Supporting the work of Monroe Harding's programs is helping the communities around you because the children that come through their programs are the leaders of our future!