This month we are taking a look at Mending Hearts, a Nashville-based organization that serves women suffering from homelessness due to addiction, co-occurring disorders, mental disorders, or emotional disorders.
Mending Hearts Inc. was founded in April 2004 by two women who overcame their own personal stuggles of addiction and homelessness, Katrina Frierson and Charlotte Grant. Because of their experiences they felt led to serve women in similar situations.
Their mission is to provide shelter, hope, and healing to these suffering women. Since its founding in 2004, Mending Hearts has helped over 350 women obtain employment and stable housing, all while remaining drug-free.
For more information on this amazing organization, visit http://www.mendingheartsinc.org/
A few weeks ago, I was able to hear a representative from Mending Hearts speak on her experience with the organization. A former resident herself, she told us the story of how Mending Hearts gave her back her life. A large majority of women suffering from addiction are self-medicating for medical problems or finding an escape from abuse. Hearing this young woman talk about how Mending Hearts helped her (despite her initial resistance) was moving and very illuminating. This is a cause for which most people don’t spare a second thought. If my words can help spread the word even a little I will be happy.
You can also show your support by attending Vox Grata Women’s Choir Benefit Concert for Mending Hearts on January 30, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. http://voxgrata.com/vox-grata-womens-choir-to-present-all-creation-sings/