2016 is behind us, and we are excited about whats ahead for MCP in 2017! We have added many new unique volunteers, with different giftings and passions. We have nurtured relationships with old friends and created new relationships and partnerships with businesses, churches, organizations and individuals. Together, we have distributed over 31,000 dollars in goods and services this year! Those include but are not limited to tents and sleeping bags, heaters, motel rooms in crises, medications, eye glasses, clothing, move in expenses, bus fair, identification, many meals and so much more. We use these goods and services as tools along the way of relationship building, with the goal of learning what the hopes and dreams are of individuals who have lost that vision, so we can identify obstacles and present opportunities for overcoming them and taking back control of their own lives on their own terms. And we cannot do that without your support, so we are grateful for it.
2017 holds new adventure, new friends, new challenges, new partnerships, new ideas and initiatives and we are constantly evaluating and reorganizing to produce positive change and better results. We are and will continue to be fully involved in the planning and development of new programs for our community through the HARC (homeless alliance of rutherford county) and are constantly adapting to the areas where we can provide support to the various partners that share our passion for the poor.
We hope that you will continue to support us, encourage us and help us keep these issues of justice and fairness front and center in our community for the year ahead.
Happy New Year!
Please enjoy our year in review, photo log below!
Once again, cold weather is upon us and the Coldest Nights shelter program is in full swing. MCP continues to be active every night that the temperatures fall below freezing. Additional volunteers have allowed us to have a greater impact both in canvassing our city for folks in need of shelter, and providing resources and logistics at both locations.
Coldest Nights is a crisis shelter program for adults when cold temperatures make staying outdoors a threat to health and safety. It is provided as a collaborative effort of The Journey Home, First Baptist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro Rescue Mission, and the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol. We provide a hot meal, showers, fellowship and safe sleeping quarters for anyone that is staying outside in tents, vehicles, and the like.
We have several volunteer opportunities available so if you are interested in learning more, please contact us. You can contact us via the website, facebook or our hotline. 615-434-COLD
An exciting addition to the funding of this program is a volunteer matching grant. For every volunteer hour, the program is reimbursed 10 dollars per hour. This additional funding allows us to pay a large portion of the costs of the program (which is significant) with volunteer hours, and has allowed us to raise the temperature threshhold to 32 degrees from 30, allowing for several additional nights of shelter. This translates into more lives saved.
If you see someone out who might need a safe warm bed, meal and shower, let them know about the program. Feel free to give the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol a call for assistance. 615-434-COLD
Your donations give us the tools we need to build purposeful relationships! Our donations come from individuals, volunteers, churches, youth groups, non-profits, businesses, and people from all different faiths and belief systems. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your resources!
Big thanks goes out to Justin Miller for organizing a supply drive through the RCDP New Years Eve! It was great to meet some new folks, play some corn hole, talk about the issues and collect some much need supplies!
We had a great time with our very first entry in the Annual Murfreesboro Christmas Parade! Thank you to WGNS for hosting this event each year. It was heartwarming to hear all of the "thank you's" and encouraging words from the crowd as we drove through. We are already preparing for the amount of candy and "throws" we will need for next year!
We are proud of the way the Love Your Neighbor potluck picnics have grown over the last year. It is an honor to partner with the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth to host this event 3 times a year. If you have never attended, please plan to do so in April! Bring your family and invite your neighbors. You wont regret it!
I think it is safe to say that the innaugural Murfreesboro Pride event this summer was one of the most fun events we've been a part of! It was heartwarming to see the many different people come together to celebrate "Pride" and diversity. It was also very encouraging to see so many different churches represented and an overall atmosphere of love and acceptance on the square in our great city. Our volunteers were on hand to talk about the issues surrounding LGBTQ youth homelessness. We cannot wait to show up next year to pass out free hugs, coffee, cookies and to educate the public about the issues surrounding homelessness in our community again.
We are grateful for the friendship and support from our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community. This fundraiser was incredible, super fun, and you would not believe all of the beautiful and delicious food. The Murfreesboro Muslim Youth is one of our biggest supporters and we are proud to be in this work together.
Thank you MMY and Muslim Women of Murfreesboro!
We are thankful to the Non-profit agencies and community organizations and local government that partner with us to provide the best service that we possibly can to this community. We cannot do what we do without this growing list of friends and we are thankful for their cooperation.