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Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do. We provide security, support and give young people a chance for success and we have been doing it for 120 years. 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 Care, Cooperative Living, Youth Connections, and Independent Living.


Therapeutic Foster Care

A child in a safe, stable, and supportive environment will exponentially increase their chance of leading a successful life. Through our foster care program, we find families to open their homes for these children from birth to age 18. 

Cooperative Living

True to our heritage, Monroe Harding still provides a home for youth who need one. Our Cooperative Living program provides housing, support and around the clock oversight for males between 15 and 18 years of age.

Independent Living

Our Independent Living Program provides an inexpensive and safe place to live for youth aging out of foster care as they transition into adulthood.

Youth Connections

Youth Connections is a resource center for young men and women aged 16-26 who have aged out of foster care or state custody, but still need some additional guidance and support.

Our Stories


“I would just like to say thank you for the many opportunities that you all have made available for me. I know that if I never came to Monroe that I would never get to experience the many things that I did.  I really appreciate it.  I truly do and I want you to know that the staff at Monroe has really impacted my life.
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“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” This rings true for Dalton, a youth who graced Monroe Harding’s campus. He approached one of our staff and asked, “Do you think it’s possible for me to withdraw money from my account and give to the Saigon Children’s Charity?” We were shocked as this was the first time a youth had inquired about giving personal dollars
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I would like to write this to all the staff at Monroe Harding for allowing me into this program and helping me in my time of need. I have learned a lot from this program: life skills, career planning, study skills, express yourself, all about me, and character counts groups has taught me to better myself and apply for jobs.
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J. P. entered the program on the verge of being a senior in high school; however, he was lacking necessary credits. From the first day he set foot in Hillsboro High School, he let us know on multiple occasions, he did not like school and liked to skip class. J.P. held true to his word and made poor grades, skipped class and was often seen on campus completing work hours while suspended
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We attended a nice reception last week along with many other community partners that were recipients of grants from the Boulevard Bolt this past Thanksgiving.They generously donated $275,000 this year to community partners that support the homeless in Nashville. Thank you Boulevard Bolt for your generosity and support!


For over 120 years, Monroe Harding has had a singular  mission: changing young people’s lives.  Monroe Harding makes the dreams of young people not just dreams, but realities by creating opportunities for them.  We provide the basics: food, clothing and shelter.  But young people especially those in state custody or foster care, need more than that.  So Monroe Harding serves every need.  We 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.  We are a caring , dedicated group who provides children in foster care with the knowledge, experience and security they need to become self-sufficient contributions to society.  Monroe Harding serves as a resource for foster families and for youth who are transitioning from foster care.

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