The Journey Home

Love God. Serve People.

aka Journey Home   |   Murfreesboro, TN   |  www.LoveGodServePeople.org

Mission

The Journey Home is a Christian ministry whose primary focus is to serve the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County by providing practical resources and relationships that encourage faith, economic stability, wholeness, and reintegration into community life.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mr. Scott Foster

Main address

PO Box 331025

Murfreesboro, TN 37133 USA

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EIN

20-5605975

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Journey Home's primary focus is to serve the homeless and disadvantaged of Rutherford County. As the community grows, all segments of the population grow with it. Rutherford County has experienced double digit growth year over year for 20 years or more. An emphasis on new construction of high-end homes and apartments has driven us to a crisis point where there is not enough affordable housing available to meet the needs of many families, including but not limited to the working poor and those who are living in poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Community Cafe

The Journey Home provides hunger relief to the homeless and needy in the community through our Community Cafe program.  Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, lunch Monday through Saturday, and supper Saturday through Monday.  Over 50,000 meals were served during 2018.  Additionally, the Community Cafe provides 60 boxes with food staples and fresh produce to clients in need weekly.  The Community Cafe bread room also provides literally tons of bread and pastries daily to clients as they leave the center.  All food is provided at no cost to the client.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

The Journey Home provides housing, case management and supportive services through our Supportive Housing program.  The program provides housing for 12-24 months for clients, and assistance with life skills in areas such as budgeting, parenting, conflict management, employment readiness, living socially in community, and the like. We also assist clients with transportation issues, working with school systems and collaborating with other agencies to help them gain mainstream benefits. The Supportive Housing Program primarily houses families with children, and at-risk single young people between 18 and 25 years of age in 25 housing units in Murfreesboro and Smyrna. Some units are assigned for the chronically homeless as well. Additionally, we offer rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention resources to keep families from becoming homeless and to transition them back into housing from the streets. These resources often include deposits, rent and utility assistance, and furnishings.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The Journey Home's Outreach Center provides shower and laundry facilities for the homeless and needy in our community, along with toiletries and supplies free of charge. Clients can wash up to two loads of clothes weekly, shower daily, and shop in our clothes closet Monday-Friday. While all clothing given is tracked, their is no charge to the client for any of these services. Additionally, clients are supplied with feminine hygiene products, diapers, and other necessities as needed through this program. These items are difficult to afford with limited funds and cannot be purchased with food stamps. A hot shower, proper hygiene, and clean clothes go a long way to establishing self-worth and the appropriate appearance that helps a client gain acceptance and employment in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The Journey Home helps clients identify appropriate employment opportunities, assemble resumes, complete on-line applications, and prepare for interviews and employment. We serve as a liaison with local employers and staffing agencies. We provide a computer lab and volunteer instruction for clients seeking employment, assistance with acquiring necessary identification documents and uniforms/protective clothing when necessary. The Journey Home's Outreach Center provides mailbox and phone service for communication. We also encourage clients to utilize our computer lab for social media/communication in developing the esteem of the whole person.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As a response to God's call to love one another, we will participate in our local community by:

1) Operating a safe and hospitable outreach facility where encouragement is offered, basic needs are met, and every person comes to understand their personal value and potential

2) Equipping clients with knowledge, tools, and other resources useful on their road to independent living

3) Connecting clients with sustainable housing solutions that foster stability and break the cycles of homelessness and poverty

4) Educating our community as to the prevalence and causes of homelessness in our area and how they can make a difference for their neighbors and themselves

5) Fostering increased cooperation and collaboration in the community and creating opportunities for Christian service in our county

Homelessness is a complex problem, generally the result of interconnected issues related to poverty and a lack of affordable housing. Its effects on families and individuals are far-reaching, impacting every facet of life, and for most of the community, very difficult to understand. However, the best and most lasting solutions involve the entire community. They include a broad array of coordinated programs and services that meet each person at their point of need, provide the time, resources and networks necessary to build relationships and affect change, and promote awareness of and intervention in community systems at their point of failure. We will first endeavor to stabilize crises by meeting basic needs, and second, encourage transformation through sustainable, long-term investment of both the individual and the community at-large.

Prior to founding The Journey Home, Scott Foster (Founder, Executive Director) studied social problems and solutions. He has worked closely with local and regional government, government services, and local organizations in order to truly understand the unique needs of this community and establish programs and services that will meet those needs in cooperation with the City, the County, and partner agencies.

The Board of Directors at The Journey Home is a group of concerned community members who are very involved in the organization, helping to ensure that it stays within budget, and produces the expected results. A number of board members volunteer their time with the agency in other roles as well, and thus maintain an awareness of how programs and services are provided.

Volunteers are the life blood of The Journey Home. Our small team of 6 staff members work closely with volunteers every day to ensure that meals are served, the kitchen is kept to appropriate standards, clients are served with excellence, facilities are maintained in for safety and cleanliness, and much more.

Financially speaking, the Journey Home maintains a high standard of responsibility and stewardship with the funds we receive. As our financial records prove, a high percentage of donated funds goes right into programs, and our overhead costs remain low.

The Journey Home's Community Cafe and Outreach Center serves approximately 100 homeless and low-income individuals each day, providing meals, shower and laundry facilities and supplies, case management, toiletries and other basic necessities, and more. We are currently completing a build-out in our main facility to add some classroom and office space with the goal of co-locating more resources and services that will help boost physical and mental health. Additional services provided will include but not be limited to: annual flu shot clinics, blood sugar and blood pressure screening, nutrition and wellness education, anger management and conflict resolution education, and more.

Since 2009, The Journey Home has acquired 26 properties throughout Rutherford County that it makes available through the Supportive Housing Program. This program serves families and some individuals, providing housing and support at a cost that fits in their budget (they are charged 30% of their income, which is the government standard for affordable housing). In addition to affordable rent, the Supportive Housing Program provides support in the form of coaching and guidance, and other resources as needs arise. Many families in The Journey Home's Supportive Housing Program are single-parent families. As much success has been experienced, this program will continue to be a main program in The Journey Home's future.

In the future, The Journey Home will begin to address affordable housing issues for low-income seniors.

Financials

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The Journey Home

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Roseann Barton


Board co-chair

Bill Reid

Alexander Foster

Executive Director, The Journey Home

Geneva Poss

Director of Housing, Journey Home

Todd Miller

Middle Tennessee Christian School

Gloria Bonner

MTSU, retired

David Cates

First Baptist Church

David Coggin

Barnabas Vision

Courtney Cops

Community Volunteer

Nancy Roark

T. Wright Properties

Lynn Watson

Attorney

Alesia Normand

Chuck Phillips

Jeff James

Bill Reid

Lisbeth Couser

Director of Development, The Journey Home

Leslie Akins

Phil Barnett

Kristine Blaess

Leslee Karl

Bill Truesdell

Lyndsey Wood

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2022

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Data
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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.