Homeless/Poverty/ Hunger

These partner organizations journey with the marginalized by providing food, clothing, shelter, jobs, rental assistance and helping find affordable, sustainable housing as they seek to disrupt cycles of poverty.

Community Care Fellowship

Community Care Fellowship (CCF) is a ministry of the Nashville District of the United Methodist Church for the homeless and poor in Nashville. Started in 1984, CCF is a full service, year round, drop-in day shelter serving homeless men, women, and children.
Service opportunities:

  • registration desk workers
  • board members
Find out more at CCF's website: ccfnashville.org


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes.

2015 marks the 12th year that West End has helped to sponsor and build a Habitat home for a deserving family in Nashville. Our 2015 build dates are: September 12 – October 4.

Find out more at the Habitat website: habitatnashville.org

Henderson Settlement

Henderson Settlement is a mission institution of the United Methodist Red Bird Mission Conference located in Frakes, Kentucky. They seek to share the love of Christ in Appalachia while providing food, clothing, housing, education and jobs.
Service opportunities:

  • home improvement
  • thrift shop
  • food pantry
  • baby pantry
  • greenhouses

In October 2015, West End will take a group to serve at Henderson Settlement. This will be an intergenerational trip, open to all ages.
Find out more at the Henderson Settlement website: hendersonsettlement.org

Luke 14:12

Luke 14:12 is a non-profit soup kitchen providing free hot, nutritious meals to the hungry, homeless, and working poor of the Nashville area. They are an ecumenical outreach program through which persons of diverse faith communities join together in a common effort to address the needs of those who are inadequately fed.
Service opportunities:

  • table hosts
  • kitchen helpers every Tuesday, Friday and 2nd and 4th Monday

Find out more at the Luke 14:12 website: luke14:12.org

The Nashville Food Project

The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. Their mission is to provide increased access to healthy foods in homeless and working poor communities across Davidson County.
Service opportunities:

  • meal prep
  • garden time
  • Food Truck delivery

On the first Sunday of every month, West End’s youth group volunteers with meal prep and food delivery.

Find out more at the Nashville Food Project's website: thenashvillefoodproject.org

Open Table Nashville

Open Table Nashville is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness. Open Table Nashville’s outreach work helps empower people to attain living wage jobs and find affordable, sustainable housing, all under the umbrella of living in community.
Service opportunities:

  • Resource Shelters
  • Winter Warming Shelter
  • furniture pick up and delivery
  • moving friends into housing

Find out more at the Open Table Nashville website: opentablenashville.org

Penuel Ridge Solidarity Program

Penuel Ridge is a contemplative, interfaith retreat center in Middle Tennessee that has made a commitment to be in solidarity with the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised. Their Solidarity Program offers day retreats and work dignity retreats for the homeless and formerly homeless to connect with the open, safe, and sacred space at Penuel Ridge.
Service opportunities:

  • greeting & hospitality
  • cooking
  • administration
  • gardening
  • building maintenance

Find out more at the Penuel Ridge website: penuelridge.org


Rooftop partners with congregations to provide emergency rental assistance to residents of Davidson County to prevent homelessness and provide hope. Congregations all over Metro Nashville receive calls on a daily basis from individuals and families asking for emergency help with their rent. Rooftop not only serves these Nashvillians in need, but also provides the churches with a program to help those who come to their doors.
Service opportunities:

  • Receive Rooftop applications requests and enter data

Find out more at the Rooftop website: rooftopnashville.org

Room In The Inn

Room In The Inn (RITI)’s mission is to provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home.
Service opportunities:

  • teach classes
  • serve meals
  • lead day center activities
  • monitor phones
  • serve in foot clinic
  • special events

West End hosts 12 RITI guests every Wednesday from November 1 – March 31.
Find out more at the RITI website: roomintheinn.org

Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven’s mission is “to empower Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.” Since 1984, Safe Haven has served as the only shelter-to-housing program in Middle Tennessee that accommodates homeless families.
Service opportunities:

  • prepare meals

West End members provide dinner on the first Sunday of every month.
Find out more at the Safe Haven website: safehaven.org