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Miss J Our Sweet & Sassy Girl

Miss J Our Sweet & Sassy Girl

Our beautiful foster daughter came to us in July of 2020. We had over 20 calls before this placement happened, but we kept trusting that God had a plan. It became glaringly obvious that plan was her when she came to us for a visit for respite care one weekend. We knew...

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Giving Back in a Time of Need

Giving Back in a Time of Need

A few weeks ago, one quiet day at our main office, we received 15 bags of grocery.  The Ladies of Charity showed up at our office with groceries to be used to bless our families, and since then the blessings continue! The Ladies of Charity are a group of Catholic...

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Our Recent Graduate

Our Recent Graduate

At age 13, Jacob experienced a traumatic brain injury which makes timed tests and reading long passages a struggle.  At 18, he dropped out of high school and was in danger of losing his housing when a case manager sent Jacob to our Youth Connections Resource Center....

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Meet the Hub

Meet the Hub

The Opportunity Now Reengagement Hub at Monroe Harding is up and running! In 2019, Monroe Harding was chosen to operate one of two reengagements hubs for Metro Nashville. The Martha O’Bryan Center was chosen to operate the other. The purpose of the Hub is to help...

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Get out to Vote!

Get out to Vote!

We hosted two groups of Vanderbilt law students in October who came together to teach a bipartisan Opportunity Passport class about all things voting. Four members of Vanderbilt Street Law and the Voting Rights Advocacy Society joined the OP class to discuss voter...

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Supportive Housing

Supportive Housing

  Melody, a resident of our supportive housing, utilized her resources and coordinated with our staff to get donated food. Dimante and Robert took advantage of the donations and cooked a meal for their housemates. Robert likes to use Pinterest to learn new...

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Sisters & 2nd Chances

Sisters & 2nd Chances

  Who doesn't need the opportunity for a second chance sometimes? Jabreia and Asia are sisters and both were struggling in high school with all the pressures that come with being a teenager. As a result, both girls dropped out. A friend told Jabreia about Monroe...

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Reuniting Families

Reuniting Families

Reunification is such a beautiful and often bittersweet experience for our foster families. The Winstead family fostered two kiddos for over a year. When they were approved to return to their parents, the Windsteads loaded the kids up and said they were going for a...

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Daniel’s Forever Home

Daniel’s Forever Home

Here's one foster care story about finding family and how that support brings new opportunities: Daniel was placed in a temporary Monroe Harding foster home. He would often express how he would love to be adopted, but was unable to express what he wanted in a family....

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Education Update

Education Update

The news is filled with stories of struggling students and teachers as everyone tries to adjust to distance learning; however, for the young adults involved in the education programs at Youth Connections, the shift to virtual education highlights the strengths of our...

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What is the TRIC?

What is the TRIC?

What is Trauma Resiliency Informed Care? Trauma Resiliency Informed Care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” At Monroe Harding, we use SAMHSA’s four R’s principle concept of a trauma-informed approach. As a trauma-informed...

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Zoom Adoptions

Zoom Adoptions

Foster Parenting is rich and rewarding and many families seek to foster children in hopes of adopting someday. Every so often we are blessed to come across one of these magical matches when a child fits into a family with perfect harmony. For AJ and the Pruitts this...

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