From despair comes help, and hope.
Finding and serving tornado survivors — in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and economic crisis, no less — remains the laser-like focus of the Davidson County Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG).
The LTRG is a volunteer collaboration of multiple organizations, including but not limited to nonprofit agencies, community civic and service groups, faith-based, and educational groups that meet and work together to address the long-term needs of Metro Nashville residents who have been affected by disaster.
As detailed in its bylaws, the LTRG’s mission is to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery response to individuals in Nashville/Davidson County affected by disaster.
The LTRG offers additional long-term assistance to individuals affected by the disaster who do not have adequate personal resources, and stewards volunteer, material and financial resources.
Its goal is to provide cost-effective and coordinated delivery of services so that survivors receive unduplicated assistance in a timely, efficient and equitable manner.
With more than 80 individuals representing 30 organizations participating on regularly scheduled calls, the group has, to date:
- Identified the areas of greatest need;
- Identified organizations capable of addressing those needs;
- Worked to ensure it is supporting each organization’s services while providing support to survivors from all of the impacted areas in Nashville.
Collaboration has been key
Collaboration with various entities of Metro Nashville government and local and regional nonprofit agencies has been essential to the Long-Term Recovery Group’s efforts. Some of the organizations involved with recovery include:
|Affordable Housing Resources|
|American Red Cross of Tennessee|
|Armstrong Real Estate Foundation|
|Catholic Charities of Tennessee|
|Community Resource Center|
|First Baptist Church Lebanon|
|Goodwill of Middle Tennessee|
|Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church - Successful Survivors|
|Habitat for Humanity|
|Hands on Nashville|
|Hope Force International|
|Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands|
|Lutheran Services in Tennessee|
|Metro Social Services|
|Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County|
|Midsouth District Church of the Nazarene Disaster|
|Nashville Office of Emergency Management|
|Neighbor to Neighbor|
|Project Connect Nashville|
|Rebuilding Together Nashville|
|Salvation Army - Nashville Area|
|Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee|
|The Belonging Co.|
|The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee|
|The Equity Alliance|
|The Glade Church|
|The Housing Fund|
|United Methodist Conference on Relief, Tennessee Conference|
|United Way of Greater Nashville|
|Urban Housing Solutions|
|West Nashville Dream Center|
|Westminster Home Connection|
Beyond the LTRG, a smaller committee was formed from the organizations identified in the City’s Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), government entities and others.
The committee is composed of representatives from: