Middle Tennessee is home to over 20,000 Muslims; most have come to the United States from war-torn countries seeking a safe place to live and raise their families. Our teams work each day to help those in greatest need to learn English, find jobs, and to adjust to life in America.
Local services primarily include English classes as well as cultural outings for Middle Eastern women and sometimes their children. Occasionally we offer other support services to our friends as needs arrive, like driving them to medical appointments or helping them fill out paperwork and applications.
Another program is an after-school tutoring program in partnership with some Metro Nashville schools. Here we strive to help children from refugee families who are testing below grade level to improve their English level as well as receive mentorship and encouragement in study habits and behavior.
We also partner with churches to train and educate Americans about people from other cultures and countries. A People Group Immersion day can be scheduled to give you a glimpse into the life and culture of a person from the Middle East as well as the challenges they face as refugees coming to the US.
We regularly need volunteers for both programs. In addition, we have connections with many other organizations that serve internationals in the Nashville area. Please contact us if you would like to share the hope that you have through your skills and talents. We can certainly connect you with something that fits your time frame and commitments.
I was inspired by the courage that these women have shown in leaving everything they know to begin a new life in a foreign land. I also respect their modest dress especially in hot, humid Nashville, TN! I am thankful for the opportunity that my son had in getting to know the children of these sweet ladies. He was able to experience aspects of a different culture and make a few new friends without having to go far from home. We can’t wait for next summer to do it all again. –Bonnie Snyder, Franklin, TN
One of the most amazing things about working with families in the summer program was getting to hear a little more about their stories every week. Learning about their homes and histories made the things I’ve heard about Iraq not just news, but real stories about real people who are not so very different from me. –Eloise, Franklin, TN
It was fun playing language games with these ladies: they are quite competitive! –Caryl, Nashville, TN
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