The Well Outreach, a 17-year-old food ministry located in Spring Hill, is pleased to announce its inaugural family training initiative, Our Chance Program.
The Well, through its “Our Chance” programme, will work with 75 local families in Moree County in need to help transition them into a situation of greater economic and financial stability. To achieve this, Well will provide family training services, as well as resource pillars for transportation, housing, childcare, education and employment.
In partnership with the Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, Tennessee (grant originator), The Well represented Morey County on the grant steering committee and assisted the seven-county initiative to win one of seven TANF $25 million statewide grants.
The Well serving as Director of Morey County Grants will partner with the TAEM (Tennessee Alliance for Economic Mobility) team, a public-private partnership of 31 organizations across all seven counties.
“The aim of the Forsatuna program is to provide support to families trying to relocate with a ‘cliff of benefits’ as they try to improve their jobs and lifestyle,” Sassine said.
Sasin explained that the benefit cliff, which is the point at which a family suddenly loses access to government benefits due to increased income, leaves needy families in an even worse financial situation.
“Our Chance aims to dispel the myth that families are not motivated to move on. The reality is that they make the most financially responsible decision for their families, and in doing so they limit their own potential,” she said. .
The Well will work alongside 75 local families in Morey County for three years to support them in stepping over the benefits cliff and proving that when families are motivated to move on, they will.
For more information about the Our Chance program, please visit the Well Outreach website springhillwell.org or to apply for a Morey County program Our opportunity stops at Well’s location 5306 Main Street, 9-4pm Monday through Friday.
Well Outreach also offers a Food Pantry with an open store, and a client-selection model where twice a month guests in need can come to eat. The Well Food Pantry is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-2pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8pm Currently, The Well serves over 800 families per month with food through their pantry. The Well also feeds at-risk students through its JetPack Weekend Feeding Program and supports 25 local schools in Williamson and Maury County and over 1,000 students per week.
Our “Chance” for the Well Ribbon Cutting and Open House will be hosted at 409 McLemore/Well Campus on Friday, April 21st from 2-4 p.m. The open house will include light refreshments as well as an immersive art experience, highlighting family life through the benefits ramp, and how The Well’s Our Chance can offer support, hope, and a better chance for economic stability.
For more information, please contact Well’s CEO Shelly Sassen at [email protected] or 615-479-5617.