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 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.
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.
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.