Project Homeless Connect Nashville 2013

December 13, 2012


The Key Alliance is supporting Project Homeless Connect Nashville 2013, which will take place on

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 300 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Project Homeless Connect is hosted and organized by the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.

You can volunteer by signing up through Hands on Nashville. For more volunteer information visit this Volunteer Page.

If you are a sponsor or would like to become a sponsor, visit this Sponsor Page.

Please, go to to stay updated on Project Homeless Connect 2013.

The Key Alliance is proud to support Project Homeless Connect again this year. Thank you to the many other supporters and sponsors.

A direct message from the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission:

We thank The Key Alliance for its past and present involvement in Project Homeless Connect.

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day service event that brings more than 70 provider agencies to one location and invites individuals and families struggling with homelessness to receive services and learn about services to help them remove barriers to housing and employment.

Project Homeless Connect is only possible because of the work and assistance from our dedicated service providers and volunteers.

Please sign up to volunteer through Hands on Nashville and encourage your congregation and colleagues at work to sign up as well. We are in need of 500 volunteers to guide our guests who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness through the event.

We also would like to take this opportunity and thank once more the sponsors that have signed up and donated money to make Project Homeless Connect possible. Without their generous support, we would not be able to prepare to serve 1,000-1,500 individuals and families in need on February 13.

Art for Change

August 3, 2012
Art for Change is a live street art competition that aims to draw attention to what we, as a community, can do to support permanent solutions to homelessness.
The competition among Nossi illustration students will be held in conjunction with the First Saturday Art Crawl. Teams of students will draw pictures in the vicinity of the blue donation meters of Nashville’s Adopt A Meter program, which raises awareness and funds benefiting housing for homeless individuals and families.
Art for Change will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, in Downtown Nashville along Second Avenue North and Broadway.
We are seeking 30 volunteers to help us make Art for Change a great success.
We need about 30 volunteers for the following shifts:
Shift 1:            12.30-4.00 p.m.
Shift 2:            3.30- 7.00 p.m.
Please email Judith Tackett at if you are interested to help and would like additional information.
You can also support us by spreading the word and handing out the parking coupon below.
How to use the coupon: Print it out and hand it to the parking attendant as you enter the garage.


Art for Change is supported by Premier Parking, which will offer 100% of the proceeds from its discounted parking rates to benefit Art for Change.
Proceeds will go toward covering event cost, a scholarship for the winning student team and removing barriers to housing for homeless individuals.
“This opportunity is a perfect chance for students to raise awareness, through their artistic expression, for a very important cause in Downtown Nashville,” Libby Funke, student activities and communications coordinator for Nossi College of Art, said.
Each team will create a painting based on the competition’s theme, “It takes the whole community.”
As students paint, people are welcome to vote for their favorite team and artwork by dropping change into the blue donation meters. The team obtaining the most ‘votes’ will win the overall competition and will receive the grand prize.
Other Downtown stakeholders helping us promote Art for Change include the Nashville Downtown Partnership, Fifth Avenue Arts Commission, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Urban Residents Association, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Our sponsors and in-kind donors up to date include Nossi College of Art, Nashville Arts Magazine, Plaza Art, Premier Parking, Turner Law, and The Cumberland.
For sponsorship information contact Libby Funke at or 615-514-2787.

Nashville’s Adopt A Meter program

August 2, 2012

Our Adopt A Meter program has raised $25,000 in sponsorships and change collections since its inception in 2010.

Now the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is getting ready to expand the program and add 10 new meters in high-volume pedestrian areas in Downtown Nashville. Proceeds from the program benefit permanent solutions to homelessness including homeless outreach, permanent supportive housing, and removing barriers to housing.

The Key Alliance and its partner, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, thank all sponsors and partners of the Adopt A Meter program, especially Metro Public Works and the Mayor’s Office which have been essential in helping install and place the meters. So far, 26 meters have been placed around Downtown Nashville in the following locations: On Broadway at the Hard Rock Cafe; in front of the Bridgestone Arena on 5th Avenue South; at the corner of Commerce Street and 6th Avenue North by the Convention Center; at 4th Avenue North at the Ryman Auditorium; at 5th Avenue North at the corner of Church and Fifth; at 4th Avenue North and Municipal Auditorium; by the Public Square at Union Street and 2nd Avenue North; at the Court House at James Robertson Parkway and City Hall; at the Hilton Hotel Garden Park on 4th Avenue South; on Demonbreun Street across from the Country Music Hall of Fame; on 6th Avenue North at TPAC; on 6th Avenue North at the City Center Med. Block; at the Broadway Central Police Precinct; and at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Commerce Street…more locations to be listed.

Why support Adopt A Meter?

  • Be a part of the solution and help Nashville end homelessness by sponsoring a meter for $1,000 annually. The Adopt A Meter Program is designed to increase awareness on our city streets about solutions to homelessness.
  • All proceeds from Nashville’s Adopt A Meter Program will go directly to fund homeless outreach, permanent supportive housing and the removal of barriers to housing. The key to ending homelessness is building caring relationships with homeless individuals and connecting them to services and housing.
  • Meters will be placed in prominent city locations that have a high volume of foot traffic with the sponsor’s logo displayed on the meters to show the sponsor’s support of this initiative.
  • The Adopt A Meter program is an ongoing campaign to raise awareness for solutions to homelessness while giving citizens and visitors and option to actively participate. Your change will create change. Just consider the following costs to help remove some barriers to housing:

    · $12 per person for a State I.D.;

    · $15 per person for a birth certificate (in-state);

    · $50 per person per day for housing and case management;

    · $60 per day for emergency housing for a family with children;

    · $100 per person per day for housing, case management, medication, food, clothing, & household items.

  • The City of Denver implemented a similar meter program in 2007 and now has 86 meters displayed that generate more than $100,000 annually. The meters have effectively educated the public about the need to support the city’s solutions to end homelessness.

Art for Change

July 23, 2012

It takes the whole community.

Art for Change is a competition among illustration students from Nossi College of Art with the goal to create awareness around Nashville’s Adopt A Meter program and bring patrons to Downtown Nashville. We encourage Nashvillians and visitors to come out and join the First Saturday Art Crawl a little earlier and vote for the best art around each participating donation meter. Maps of all the meters will be handed out along Second Avenue, Broadway and 5th Avenue North.

The event is a collaborative effort of Downtown stakeholders. It takes the entire community to come together to end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness in Nashville. Currently we are seeking sponsors in support of the competition, so we can give out a scholarship to the winning student group. The winner will be announced at a separate event where we would like to honor our sponsors, volunteers, participants, and supporters and auction off the student art. All additional proceeds will benefit The Key Alliance’s Adopt A Meter program.

Click the following link for sponsorhip details.

Event Details:

September 1, 2012 with a rain date of October 6, 2012.

The Student Arts Competition will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at select meters on Second Avenue North, Broadway, and 5th Avenue North.

Voting starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. (to vote, feed the meter with the best artwork).

Voting locations: Second Avenue North & Broadway from the Hard Rock Café to 5th Avenue North

The First Saturday Art Crawl starts at 6 p.m.

An Award Ceremony will be held on the Friday following the event. More details to come.

To purchase sponsorships, please contact Libby Funke at or (615) 415-2787.

Carolyn Grossley named Interim Director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission

July 20, 2012

The following press release was sent out to local media:

Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2012) – Metro Social Services Executive Director Renee Pratt assigned long-term staff member Carolyn Grossley as the Interim Director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.

“Ms. Grossley has done an outstanding job for the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission in her position as Housing and Outreach Coordinator,” Pratt said. “She has many years of experience in homelessness, and we are extremely happy to have such a qualified person fill the interim director position.”

Pratt said she was working with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission and Metro Human Resources to fill the job permanently as soon as possible.

“I am humbled by the confidence Ms. Pratt and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission’s leadership team have shown in me,” Grossley said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us in fulfilling our task of ending chronic homelessness and reducing overall homelessness in Nashville. But I am confident that we as a city are on track to reaching some significant achievements in reducing homelessness in the next few years.”

Grossley, a Navy veteran, has been working in different capacities serving homeless populations for the past 30 years. She has been executive director of a domestic violence shelter and director of a transitional housing ministry in Atlanta. Prior to coming to the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, she worked as a homeless outreach specialist for the Mental Health Co-operative.

“I started with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission about two years ago because I believe in permanent solutions to homelessness,” Grossley said. “When we as a community work together, we will see a difference. This is not just a job for me, it is a calling, and in whatever capacity I serve, I will do my best to help my homeless neighbors who are among our most vulnerable citizens.”

Grossley will fill the position left by Clifton Harris who resigned as the executive director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission last month for personal reasons.

Farewell Letter from Clifton Harris

July 16, 2012
ImageFriends, Volunteers, Service Providers, and Neighbors,
After careful consideration and many hours of prayer, I decided to leave my position as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission to pursue a wonderful opportunity that God has provided for me and my family.
Over the past six and a half years I’ve nurtured the Homelessness Commission from infancy and watched proudly as it has prospered and grown to become a best-practice organization with best-practice programs with best-practice results.  For that I am truly grateful to have lead and served so many dedicated volunteers, service providers, businesses, congregations, committee members, and commissioners.  The foundation has been laid, systems are in place, program and projects are yielding results, and the organization’s capacity to continue strengthening our permanent supportive housing program into Housing First by 2015 is clearer than ever. 
That said, my sincere thanks to everyone who has supported me and provided me the opportunity to grow in this position and follow my life’s purpose of helping our friends and neighbors out of homelessness and into housing.  Homelessness has and continues to be a community problem. Together as a community we can end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness in the great city of Nashville, TN.  The key to accomplishing that is in our ability to work together.  After all, there are 4,000 homeless individuals on any given day counting on us to work together.  I know I will continue to fight for the cause of homelessness on my knees and with all my heart, body, soul, and resources.  I hope you will do the same.
So here is what I know in my heart, “if the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission continues to do good, great will follow.”
Clifton E. Harris

2012 Poker Run

June 22, 2012

Riders for Homes, a volunteer group made up for police officers and bikers, is partnering with The Key Alliance and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission to organize a Poker Run.

The 2012 Poker Run is scheduled for

August 11, 2012 (rain date: August 18)

Start and finish will be at Boswell’s Harley-Davidson, 401 Fesslers Lane.

The Route is as follows:

Registration at Boswell

1st stop Boswell

2nd stop Loveless Café

3rd stop Harley Davidson-Cool Springs

4th stop Arrington Vineyards

Return to Boswell

Registration fee is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. Please, fill our this Registration Form and send it along with a check made out to “The Key Alliance/Poker Run.” You can also just come to the event and register at Boswell’s.

Check in at Boswell’s will start at 10 a.m.

After the event, at approximately 3 p.m., we will have a free concert and an award celebration.

Our first prize winner will receive $200. Second prize is $150; third prize is a $100-gift card; and we also will hold a raffle for a 32-inch flat screen TV.

All proceeds will benefit Housing First, a nationally recognized model that provides permanent housing to some of our most vulnerable homeless neighbors and connects them with needed services. Our Housing First Fomula of Success is:

Housing + Case Management + Income = A Reduction in Homelessness.

Riding for Homes recognizes the need for us as a community to come together to address issues of homelessness. We believe that together as a community we can end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness.

To register, please complete this Registration Form and mail in a check according to instructions on the form.

The Poker Run is a fun opportunity to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors.


Boulevard Bolt

June 8, 2012

photo by Judith Hill

Nashville has its own Thanksgiving morning tradition – the Boulevard Bolt!

This five-mile race not only attracts more than 8,000 runners every year but also supports homeless service providers in Nashville. Last year, the Boulevard Bolt raised more than $200,000 to benefit homelessness.

Last year, we applied for the first time and received a grant in support of Project Homeless ConnectThe Key Alliance partnered with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission to organize Project Homeless Connect this past March and was able to serve approximately 800 individuals including children. Our guests were either homeless or on the brink of homelessness. More than 70 service providers came to the event, which was held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, to provide services in one day. They delivered more than 8,300 services in a six-hour period – everything from medical check ups, legal advice, I.D. replacement, shoes, foot care, housing information, employment assistance, etc.Currently, the application process is open for grants from the upcoming Boulevard Bolt. The Boulevard Bolt is a collaborative effort of Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholomon. It started with 2,500 runners and walkers in 1994 and has grown to become one of the largest 5-mile races in the nation. Overall, more than $1.8 million have been raised to benefit the homeless community in Nashville.

Run for the Homeless

May 21, 2012

We would like to thank all participants, sponsors (Southwest Airlines, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Lamar Outdoor Advertising) and all our supporters who made the second annual Run for the Homeless another successful event. We had close to 500 runners and walkers come out and participate.

This year we added Junior Races, fun runs for kids such as sack hopping and stick horse racing. About 30 children joined us in the fun.

Dale Carpenter started the race at 8 a.m. The following link shows a video in which Mr. Carpenter tells his story.

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the second annual Run for the Homeless on May 12, 2012!

Junior Races at Run for the Homeless

May 8, 2012
Junior Races added to 5K 
ImageDon’t forget to register for the Run for the Homeless, which will be held this coming Saturday, May 12, at 8 a.m., at the Hall of Fame Park, 121 Fourth Avenue South in Downtown Nashville.
Online registration is open through Wednesday afternoon, May 9. Register here for a fee of $25 per person ($10 for kids 12 years and younger). Check in and registration the day of the event starts at 6:30 a.m., and registration at the event is $30 per person ($15 for kids 12 and under).
We added Junior Races in conjunction with the 5K walk/run for kids 11 years of age and younger. It will be a fun event starting after most grown-ups have completed their 5K.
Prepare your kids for sack hopping, stick horse racing and other fun runs. Registration for the Junior Races will start at 7:30 a.m. Participation is free, and win or lose, we will have a little giveaway for all our Junior Runners.
Thank you to our main sponsor, Southwest Airlines, for donating four round-trip tickets in the 
continental U.S. to our top winners.  The largest team will receive a free breakfast catered by The Cookery, a catering café and culinary training center for homeless men (we will hold a drawing for the prize among teams with the same amount of runners).
We also thank the Nashville Striders for their work and support as well as the Nashville Sports Council to assist us with online registration.   
The Run for the Homeless will be held in the Downtown area with start and finish at the Hall of Fame Park. To view the course and course certification, click here.


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