April showers have brought May flowers and amazing opportunities for our wonderful volunteers to be a part of the growth of End Slavery Tennessee.
Volunteers Richard Rutter, Merrisa Petersen, and Adam Montgomery represented End Slavery at the Missional Partnership Fair on Sunday, April 30th. This event, sponsored by Christ Presbyterian Church, raised awareness of underserved populations that are supported by many Nashville community non-profits.
The new Hendersonville Volunteer Group met at Community Church in Hendersonville for their first meeting on May 15th. Thirteen eager volunteers attended. Leader Shelby Dykes is looking forward to the opportunity to serve with this group.
Veteran volunteer and speaker, Jamie Corwin, shared her expertise with the congregation of Hartsville United Methodist Church on May 7th. Jamie, who is a pastor at Community Church of Christ Cedar Ridge, has become an expert in faith-based trainings.
Amie Hassler, volunteer and nurse practitioner, did a stunning job during a training of nurse practitioner students at Union University in Hendersonville.
Former Mrs. Tennessee and ESTN volunteer, Cheryl Brehm, educated attendees at the Vox Grata Choir concert at Second Presbyterian Church on May 9th. The Vox Grata Choir also gave a performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 18th. Volunteer Lyndsay Stafford, the current Mrs. Williamson County, spoke to attendees at this event. The Vox Grata Choir is comprised of joyful women who share the blessings of their lives by singing for others. Their concert programs directly benefit the needs of women in the Nashville community and End Slavery Tennessee was truly honored to be the beneficiary of these amazing concert experiences.
As mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, End Slavery Tennessee has undergone growth in May. Nothing illustrates this fact more than the move of our survivors into their brand new homes. Laura Little of Little Lady, Big Cause, provided breakfast for the thirteen volunteers who offered their time and energy to the move. Volunteer Don Adcox and his wife, Beth Adcox, as well as Richard Rutter, were there throughout the day. Ryan Davenport provided the truck that was so vital for the move, and was a needed asset the entire day. Even End Slavery’s new COO, Chris Lim, and family members Jessica Serrano and Timo Serrano, rolled up their sleeves and joined right in. Jazmen Howard, always willing and quick to volunteer, dedicated her time and energy to the move. They were joined by Shane Nixon, Nancy Mowry, Tracy McCarthy, and Clarksville Volunteer Group Leader Sherry Allen Gatewood. Cara Deese, one of the Franklin Volunteer Group’s leaders, not only devoted her time to the move, but brought kitchen items that were purchased for the survivors’ new homes by the Franklin Volunteer Group.
With this kind of compassion and passion by dedicated volunteers such as these, anything is possible.