Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Engage. Equip. Empower. Veterans.

Nashville, TN   |  www.osdtn.org

Mission

Operation Stand Down Tennessee's mission is to provide and connect Veterans and their families with comprehensive resources focused on transition, employment, housing, benefits, peer engagement, volunteerism and connection to the community.  As the state’s only recognized Veterans Service Center, OSDTN engages, equips and empowers Veterans transitioning from successful military service to civilian life. The organization helps Veterans who have just out-processed, as well as those who completed their service years ago.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Brig Gen Eden Murrie

Main address

1125 12th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203 USA

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Formerly known as

Operation Stand Down Nashville

EIN

62-1638832

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, there are about 470,000 Veterans living in Tennessee. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a U.S. military Veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, one in five homeless is a Veteran, and in 2016, 3.6% or approximately 17,000 Veterans in Tennessee were unemployed. Fort Campbell U.S. Army Base lies on the Kentucky - Tennessee border between the towns of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee about 50 miles from Nashville. Each month 300-400 military personnel leave their service from Fort Campbell and many choose to make Nashville their home. OSDTN aims to assist Veterans in making healthy transitions from their military service to civilian lives and to prevent Veteran suicide and homelessness.

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?

Clinical Services

OSDTN provides transitional housing for 42 homeless men and women Veterans. Our program utilizes a home setting to provide a safe, structured, and secure environment. Our goal is to mentor Veterans who are experiencing life-controlling situations and to empower them in rebuilding their own foundations and support systems. Circumstances may include addiction, legal issues, education obstacles, and employment barriers. Each Veteran participates in supportive meetings, gains employment and re-establishes a successful lifestyle, contributes to the upkeep of a home in a neighborhood, and creates a budget and savings plan. The end result is for the Veteran to develop successful work habits and healthy interpersonal skills. Professional case management is provided. Veterans may remain in the program for up to two years; however the average resident stays six to nine months. Allowing our Veterans to reside up to two years gives them the opportunity to address any issues while living in a stable environment with other Veterans and to build their confidence for a successful transition to civilian life.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Through our Veteran Service Center, OSDTN provides a wide variety of services for ALL Veterans and their family members. Services include: Legal Aid, VA Benefits Counseling, Financial Coaching, Basic Needs (Food, Shelter, Personal Care Items, Clothing and Transportation), VA Home Loan Workshops, Military Records Assistance, Notary Services, Project Healing Waters, Reboot Combat Recovery, Sounds of Acoustic Recovery, Life Skills Programs, Computer Resources, Networking Opportunities, Family Support and Service Referrals. Additionally, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides direct assistance designed for Veterans earning less than 50% of the area median income and who are in danger of losing their housing, or are homeless and want housing. Most SSVF eligible Veterans and their families have unsuitable housing and/or unfavorable financial or legal histories which present barriers to housing. The goal of the SSVF Program is to help Veterans achieve stability and independence.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Career Services helps Veterans who have just out-processed from the military, as well as those who completed their service years ago with job placement assistance, computer training, résumé development, professional development workshops, interview preparation, and budget counseling. Veterans are interviewed by our Career Services staff to assess their individual needs. Once a Veteran schedules an interview, Career Services counselors can help provide appropriate clothing for the interview from the 12th Avenue Thrift Store (shirts, ties, suit jackets, shoes, etc). Career Services can also help with transportation needs in the form of gas cards or bus passes once the interview has been verified by the Employment staff. After a Veteran secures employment, a Career Services counselor can help provide items that will contribute to his/her success at the new place of employment. These items include work boots, tools/ equipment, bus passes or gas cards to help with transportation, and specialized clothing. All items are provided once the Veteran’s employment has been verified. We currently have six desktop computers and WiFi access for Veterans and their families to use. Veterans may use our computer lab to build or revise their resumes, conduct job searches, as well as apply online for jobs. Staff members are available to assist Veterans and their families with submitting resumes and applying for jobs. In addition to OSDTN Career Services staff, we partner with the American Job Center of Tennessee.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The 12th Avenue Thrift Store, located next to the OSDTN Nashville office, has three goals: 1) Offer quality products of used clothing, furniture, household items and small appliances for sale to the general public generating revenue to be a self-supporting entity and providing support to OSDTN’s programs to assist Veterans; 2) Operate a job-training program to provide employment training for Veterans; and 3) Provide clothing, coats, shoes, etc. for eligible OSDTN Veteran clients at no cost to them. This program also helps Veteran trainees find employment, find sustainable housing, and transition from successful military service to a productive civilian life. Veterans learn the basics of retail operations and after a three to four month probationary period, trainees split work hours between the thrift store and an OSDTN Career Counselor to find permanent employment. Veterans served through the OSDTN Veteran Service Center obtain clothing vouchers that allow them to shop in our 12th Avenue Thrift for their clothes at no cost. They are able to pick out the size, style and color they prefer and try them on for size in one of the dressing rooms. It’s always a great feeling to see our Veterans dressed for success as they head out to their new jobs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Network Admin and Access Centers - 3 year 2018

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2000

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2002

National Coalition of Homeless Veterans 1999

Second Harvest Food Bank 1999

Nashville Coalition for the Homeless 2003

Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS) 2003

Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee 2002

CABLE 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of men and women Veterans who received services in our Veteran Service Center

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Veterans who found or upgraded their employment through our Employment Department

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of men and women Veterans who participated in our Transitional Housing Program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Supportive Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Veterans and their families who were assisted in filing disability claims

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Veterans and their families who received financial assistance to either move from being homeless into permanent housing or to remain in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Veterans who received free clothing items from our 12th Ave Thrift Store

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Thrift Store

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers who contributed their time at our Veteran Service Center

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Clinical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

As the state's ONLY recognized Veterans Service Center, Operation Stand Down Tennessee engages, equips and empowers Veterans transitioning from successful military service to civilian life. The organization helps Veterans who have just out-processed, as well as those who completed their service years ago.

OSDTN's roots are in assisting homeless Veterans and homelessness prevention. Today, OSDTN's services have grown to include: Veterans benefits education & access, job readiness & placement, financial counseling, legal assistance, housing, family support, basic needs, assistance navigating the VA system and service referrals. OSDTN also operates 12th Ave Thrift, a discount store employing Veterans with an on-the-job training program.

Operation Stand Down Tennessee has been serving Veterans in Tennessee for almost 25 years! About 70% of OSDTN's staff members are Veterans. By sharing common experiences, Veterans are uniquely qualified to communicate and assist Veterans and their families in need. Last year, OSDTN provided life-changing services to 2,104 Veterans and we are on track to exceed that number in 2017. OSDTN uses the "whole Veteran" approach and recognizes each Veteran is a unique individual with specific needs. OSDTN has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of Veterans in a fiscally responsible manner as evidenced in 2016 by 85% of all revenue being spent toward services for Veterans and their families.

1,691 Veterans receiving services from our Veteran Service Centers (VSC) in Clarksville
7,486 Number of visits from Veterans at our VSC’s
315 Veterans who gained or upgraded their employment through Career Services Program
124 Veterans participating in the Transitional Housing Program
125 Homeless Veterans placed in hotels to protect them from COVID-19
1,815 Veterans and their families assisted in filing disability claims at OSDTN and our partner locations
389 Veterans and their families who received financial assistance to gain or maintain their housing
111 Volunteers and 1,306 hours donated to further the mission and impact of Operation Stand Down

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Dianne Spencer

Regions Bank

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Seth Ogden

Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C.

Term: 2019 - 2021

Bob Tuke

Trauger & Tuke, US Marine Corps Veteran

Mike Fitz

C-III Capital Partners

John Ford

Davidson County Sheriff's Department

James Henry

Sheridan Road

Jim Hunt

Mayor, City of Belle Meade

Gil Schuette

Sims Funk, PLC/ US Marine Corps Veteran

John Gupton

Baker Donelson - US Navy Veteran

Harold Turks

Davidson County Sheriff's Office - US Army Veteran

Megan Youngblood

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - US Army Veteran

Myles MacDonald

Clarity LLC - US Army Veteran

Will Martin

Cushion Employer Services

Stephanie Tice

HCA Healthcare

Ross Florey

Fifth Third Bank - US Army Veteran

Julius Hill

Metro Board of Education - US Army Veteran

Dan Joniak

First Tennessee Bank - US Army Veteran

Charles Roberson

Mid Atlantic Securities - US Air Force Veteran

Mark Watson

Self Employed

Andrew Farley

Self-Employed US Army Veteran

Dianne Seloff

Aspire Health

Dave Ford

Bottom Line Consortium US Navy Veteran

Martha Boyd

Baker Donelson US Army Veteran

Stacy Alcala

MP&F Strategic Communications

Dan Salisbury

Consultant

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data