COVID-19 Response

Monroe Harding’s Response to COVID-19

 

Updated 2/16/21

The health and well-being of our young people, families, staff, volunteers, and partners continues to be our number one priority. To help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, our main office in the MetroCenter remains closed. The Youth Connections Resource Center and Opportunity Now Reengagement Hub in downtown Nashville remain closed but are available for one-one-one meetings with young adults if scheduled in advance.  

Foster Care: We continue to place children and teens with foster parents, and recruit and train new parents. We are currently serving approximately 50 foster children and teens. Staff are providing resources and guidance virtually to the greatest extent possible. 

Supportive Housing: Youth aging out of foster care, as well as other vulnerable young adults in Nashville remain in desperate need of housing. We continue to provide homes to approximately 40 to 45 young adults currently living with us are pursuing their education, working, or both.

Youth Connections / Opportunity Now Reengagement Hub: We continue to engage our young adults virtually, connecting them to necessary resources and promoting personal safety and self-care. Since July 2021, w supported 185 unique young adults at YC and 33 Opportunity Youth at the Hub. 

Clinical Services: Critical emotional and mental health services are being provided virtually and as needed. 

For Our Supporters . . .

The impact of COVID-19 on the Monroe Harding community highlights both the immediate and longer-term needs for our foster care children, teens, and families, and other vulnerable young people. These needs include essential supports like food and health supplies, virtual education and career readiness training, and ongoing support for youth and families displaced from their jobs or impacted by economic hardship, along with emotional and mental health support. Your generous and thoughtful donation to support our efforts is more critical now than ever as we continue to meet the needs of our young people and families. You can donate online by visiting https://www.monroeharding.org/donate/mailing your donation by check to our office, and/or donating items from our current needs list.  

We are offering virtual volunteer opportunities and workshops.  More information is available  by contacting Emelie Harris, Engagement Coordinator, at (615) 298-5573 or emelieharris@monroeharding.org 

If you would like to discuss your support, please contact Leah Susi, Sr. Director of Development and Communications at (615) 298-5573 or leahsusi@monroeharding.org. 

If you would like to donate in-kind goods/services for us to distribute to our young people and familiesplease contact Mariela atdonate@monroeharding.org or (615) 298-5573.

For Our Young Adults  . . .  

To inquire our enrolling into our HiSET and high school diploma programs offered  on virtual platforms, please contact Chaney Cruze, Director of Education, at (615) 714-4207 or chaneycruze@monroeharding.org. 

For information on online Opportunity Passport™ enrollment, please contact Emily Grohs, Life Skills Coordinator, at (615) 306-5316 or emilygrohs@monroeharding.org. 

For assistance finding a job, please contact Emily Grohs, Life Skills Coordinator, at (615) 306-5316 or emilygrohs@monroeharding.org. She is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. 

For information on our next Works Wonders® career readiness training and our online employer engagement curriculum, please contact Brittany Croom, Employment Specialist, at (615) 477-6007 or brittanycroom@monroeharding.org. 

For general questions about current services and opportunities with the Youth Connections Resource Center, please contact Pamela Madison, Sr. Director of Young Adult Engagement and Opportunities, at (615) 714-9512 or pamelamadison@monroeharding.org. 

The Opportunity Now Reengagement Hub at Monroe Harding is accepting new clients as we continue our work virtually with young adults  who are victims of crime, connecting them to necessary resources to help them reach their educational and vocational goals. Please contact Ginger Harris at (616) 487-0550 or gingerharris@monroeharding.org, or Lauren Jones at (615) 571-3622 or laurenjones@monroeharding.org for more information about the Hub.  

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