With several locations throughout Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville Rescue Mission is an enormous organization providing affordable programs to men and women throughout the area. Aside from their emergency services, the facility also offers a Life Recovery program for men and women which provides a blend of sober living and extended residential treatment.
Accommodations and Amenities
Aside from the facility’s emergency services which can house up to 800 men, women and children, the organization also has two gender-separate recovery campuses which can hold 180 and 81 residents, respectively. Clients initially start in dorm-style apartments before moving into transitional living homes as they progress through the program. Each apartment comes with basic accommodations, including twin beds, dressers and an attached bathroom. The men and women’s campuses also include on-site gym so residents can exercise and blow off steam.
While the transitional houses vary, each is designed like a standard home with a kitchen, shared living areas with television and semi-private bedrooms. Clients can begin cooking for themselves when they live independently, but three meals a day are always available through the organization’s main facility.
Rules and Regulations
Upon intake, all clients go through the organization’s emergency services portion first so that case managers can help sort them into an appropriate program. For those in Life Recovery, the first step is a non-medical stabilization phase akin to detox. During this period, clients have a very regimented schedule with daily classes covering early sobriety, Christianity and 12-step concepts led by life coaches and Master’s-level counselors.
This initial phase lasts for two weeks to a month before clients move to transitional housing. Throughout this period they earn privileges as they progress, including the option to take day trips with family members or visit off-site churches. Though daily classes continue, clients are also expected to work a 12-step program, submit to regular and random drug tests, attend GED classes and complete basic daily chores. Smoking is prohibited throughout all phases. Generally, residents stay for a year to a year-and-a-half before graduating from the program.
The facility has several dorm rooms for mothers in the initial phase where there are shared rooms for women with girls of any age or boys 11 and under. Pregnant women are welcome as well. Throughout the program, residents are sometimes given small weekly allowances to buy decorations for themselves at local stores (once they’ve earned enough privileges). The facility also hosts recreational activities, including on-site concerts, Christmas parties and other sober events. In addition to GED classes, Nashville Rescue Mission will pay the necessary fees for clients to take GED tests.
Overall, Nashville Rescue Mission is an expansive program and likely the best kept recovery secret for low-income Nashville residents struggling with addiction. The program offers a full continuum of care with safe housing, life skills classes, 12-step recovery and Christian-oriented counseling. While its services are aimed at the homeless and other down-and-out clientele, Nashville Rescue Mission remains a strong resource for those in the area.
Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203
1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
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