It isn’t cheap to have a baby, and for low income or single mothers in Nashville, it is an even harder burden to ensure the baby has diapers, formula, and clothing. Fortunately there are many generous organizations in the community offering a helping hand to those who find themselves in need. The organizations offer various types of assistance for new and soon-to-be moms, with each presenting its own conditions for providing assistance. Here are places you can turn during those difficult times in Nashville.
Catholic Charities of Nashville
30 White Bridge Road
Catholic Charities has a great program offering clothing, bottles, toys, diapers, shoes, and other baby items to mothers in need. Items are available for both boy and girl, usually up to the sizes of 2T to 24 months. Car seats, strollers, cribs, and playpens are available on occasion. There is no charge for the services provided.
Ladies of Charity
2212 State Street
New moms can take in a copy of their new arrival’s birth certificate to receive a layette set and diapers. They offer an assortment of baby needs inside of the layette.
Safe Haven Family Shelter
1234 Second Ave.
Safe Haven is a Christian organization providing shelter for women, children, and families as a whole. Shelter can be provided up to 60 days, with all basic necessities provided. Financial planning and preparing is taught, as well as parenting classes with childcare provided. A transitional housing program is also offered. All residents must be working or find employment immediately to participate in the program offered at Safe Haven.
522 Russell Street
Though an adoption agency, Miriam’s Promis recognizes the diffuculty mother’s have today. They offer assistance for anyone who has found themselves in need. They provide infant formula, clothing, bottles, diapers, and other accessories as needed without charge. Referals can also be given to those who are interested.
Hope Clinic for Women
1810 Hayes Street
The Hope Clinic provides a variety of services to low income women in the community including free or low cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, and alternative options. For those who are in their program assistance may be provided with material baby necessities free of charge.
The Salvation Army
611 Stockell Street
Domestic violence, loss of income, and fire are all reasons women with children can be displaced from their home and find themselves without a place to live or not enough money to cover the bills. If this describes your situation, the Salvation Army may be able to help. A 2-year transitional housing program is available to homeless mothers in Nashville. The program helps the mother find and maintain work as well as save for future living. It is highly structured, and all residents must be working to participate in the program.