Incarceration and Recovery

These partner organizations work with men and women while incarcerated and as they re-enter society through respect, love and compassion.

Christian Home Ministries of Nashville, Inc.

Christian Home Ministries (CHM) is dedicated to the provision of helping ex-prisoners discover and pursue God’s purpose for their lives. CHM serves ex-prisoners release to the greater Nashville area by providing housing, meals and support. Service opportunities: mentors and board members.
Service opportunities:

  • mentors
  • board members

Family Reconciliation Center

Family Reconciliation Center (FRC) provides therapeutic services and programs to youth and families who are impacted by having an incarcerated loved one. They strive to promote healthy family reunification that will strengthen the family unit as a whole.
Service opportunities:

  • board members
  • ad-hoc committees
  • fundraising events

West End hosts a Christmas Dinner during Advent for families participating FRC programs. We need table hosts, persons to shop for family gift baskets, and volunteers to organize craft activities.

Find out more at Family Reconciliation Center's website:

Magdalene/Thistle Farms

Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene.

Service opportunities:

  • production
  • events
  • marketing
  • sales
  • café
  • health providers
  • business information
  • educating the community
Find out more at the Magdalene/Thistel Farms website:

Mending Hearts, Inc.

Mending Hearts provides shelter, hope and healing to women who may be homeless due to addiction, co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders.

Service opportunities:

  • art workshops
  • mentors and sponsors
  • GED or computer classes
  • healthy cooking classes
  • gardening
Find out more at the Mending Heats website:

Prison Ministries

The Prison Ministries at West End United Methodist Church support the spiritual decisions made by the incarcerated. Even though prison inmates present practical and moral problems for our society, we are called to remember the parable of Jesus in which he tells his followers that visiting prisoners is indicative of a right relationship with God.

Service opportunities:

  • mentors
  • Bible Study leader
  • distribute Christmas packages
  • visit an inmate on death row
  • attend worship services
West End has volunteers serving at both Riverbend Maximum Security Institution and the Tennessee Prison for Women.

Project Return

Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life.

Service opportunities:

  • mock interviewing
  • receptionists
  • computer tutoring
  • literacy instruction
  • mentoring
  • food pick up & delivery
Find out more at the Project Return website:

Renewal House

In community with addicted women and their children, Renewal House fosters healing, resiliency and continuing recovery to enhance family health.

Service opportunities:

  • childcare
  • hosting a meal
  • clerical support
  • event planning
  • furniture pick-up & delivery
  • cleaning, painting, and prepping an apartment for incoming family
  • Find out more at the Renewal House website: