Our mission is changing young people’s lives. Since we began in 1893 as an orphanage for displaced youth, Monroe Harding evolved and continually adapted to meet the needs of children and young adults who are in or transitioning out of state custody. We ensure that foster care youth and other vulnerable young people build a solid foundation of strengths, positioning them for success in adulthood. We provide children, young adults, and families with resources in the areas of Homes, Healing, and Opportunities through Engagement. We also advocate for service recipients and empower young people to advocate for themselves. Monroe Harding is the only agency in Middle Tennessee providing a comprehensive continuum of services for current and former foster youth from birth to 26, as well as serving other vulnerable young adults. We fulfill our mission through four programs: Foster Care, Supportive Housing, Clinical Emotional and Mental Health Support, and a Youth Connections Resource Center. 

 

We wanted to share a video featuring Dontez, who for the past three plus years has participated in several of Monroe Harding programs including living in our Supportive Housing and saving for his first car. Monroe Harding was been able to offer opportunities, but the success belongs to Dontez who used his resilient spirit to move forward as he continues to forge into success.

127
Years

Since 1893, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of children who are in, or transitioning out of state custody, caring for more than 16,000 children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Today, we are a healing community for youth and families as they move beyond trauma to experience hope. We are meeting this mission through four key programs serving young people who are currently in or are transitioning from the foster care system: Foster CareSupportive HousingEducation & Career Readiness, and Therapy & Healing.

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In Their Own Words

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With an education, I can achieve what I desire the most.  I will achieve and try my hardest, so I can be who I want to be.

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I love being a foster parent for the rewarding feeling and gratitude of knowing I made a difference in a child’s life.

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I have people around to tell me when I’m doing good when I am, and motivate me when I’m not.

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I have never really had stability in my life.  While living with my Monroe Harding foster family, I’ve felt more love, support and stability in the past eight months than I have the past sixteen years.

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Two little boys, age 5 and 6, have moved over 10 times in their young lives… Feeling unwanted and unsure of where they would go next, they moved to their new home. After noticing the “wall of love” in the house, one of their first questions was, “When will we get our names on the wall?”

Abigail

Three-year-old Abigail recently moved into the home of one our foster families. Our wonderful foster parents, Jason and Liz, knew that Abigail was confused, shy and unsure, but were heartened to see how much she enjoyed being with their little girls, all around Abigail’s age.

The Gordons

We celebrate the Gordon family, who became richer in love three times over today. Natalie, Deacon and David (in the front row of the picture by their sister Sadie) were adopted today. The joy in their hearts was evident and it was wonderful to watch the brothers and sisters play together, laugh together and support each other.

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Monroe Harding's Reengagement Hub Client, Melody was recently accepted into the Youth Action Society, a national network of Youth Action Board members formed by True Colors United.

True Colors United is a non profit organization located in New York City and D.C., co-founded by musician and celebrity Ms. Cyndi Lauper. True Colors United mainly centers their work on lgbtq+ issues and youth experiencing homelessness.

Melody will be one of the Youth Action Board members representing Nashville, TN. Congratulations Melody!
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You play a major role in creating opportunities for young people, especially those in state custody or in foster care, and allowing them to become self-sufficient, successful contributors to society. Your donations of time, money and other resources keep our doors open and our programs running. And by doing that, we’re able to continue changing lives.

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