‘Mending Hearts’ receives $10,000 donation from ‘100 Women Who Care’

100 Women Who Care Middle Tennessee members present Mending Hearts with $10,000 donation check to support the mission of the Nashville non-profit. Pictured (l to r): Ann Skiera, Tracy Ayers, Diane Adcock, Brittany Lorenzi, Trina Frierson-Exec. Dir. Mending Hearts, Emily Schneller, and Pam Peters.

100 Women Who Care Middle Tennessee members present Mending Hearts with $10,000 donation check to support the mission of the Nashville non-profit. Pictured (l to r): Ann Skiera, Tracy Ayers, Diane Adcock, Brittany Lorenzi, Trina Frierson-Exec. Dir. Mending Hearts, Emily Schneller, and Pam Peters.

Mending Hearts, Inc. was voted the quarterly charity to be the recipient of $10,000 from 100 Women Who Care – Middle Tennessee. This generous donation couldn’t have come at a better time, as it will be matched by an anonymous donor as part of Mending Hearts’ 12th annual Fundraiser & Awards Breakfast. The breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd., at 7:30 am.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will deliver remarks. The annual presentation of the Grateful and Passionate Heart Awards will recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service and dedication to Mending Hearts, Inc. A highlight of the event will be the announcement about ‘The Exit Plan’—a collaborative Reentry-Pathways Initiative of Trina Frierson, Jordan Lawhead and Louise Grant.

The Exit Plan is an 18-25 hour reentry-focused program that is being taught in the Correctional Develop-ment Center to classes of 20 females who are within four months of their release. The program prepares students for reentry into society by leading them in the development of a comprehensive Personal Release Plan while also helping them explore emotional healing aimed at leading them to personal transformational freedom. Upon release, the students also have the opportunity to engage in the Exit Plan Aftercare that includes mentoring relationships and personal group sessions. A pilot program with Metro-Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has reaped success and now the roll-out of the plan is expected to continue with Metro-Davidson County and expand to other counties.

Tickets for the breakfast are available for purchase on-line at <www.mendingheartsinc.org/2015breakfast>.

Mending Hearts, Inc. is a non-profit Nashville based substance abuse treatment agency for women who are coming out of incarceration, addiction and homelessness. The Mending Hearts’ therapeutic community delivers treatment, work preparation, housing and life skills programs and independent living to more than 80 women at any given time, and have helped transform the lives of hundreds of women. Its executive director/co-founder, Trina Frierson, was a former drug addict and spent more than eight years serving time in jails. She is a sought-after inspirational speaker for women and men who are incarcerated and is earning her master’s degree. For more information visit .

100 Women Who Care Middle Tennessee is a group of 100 giving women who use a unique giving model that allows them to meet for one hour and donate $100 per member to make a collective impact of $10,000 for Middle Tenn. nonprofits like Mending Hearts, on a quarterly basis. For more information on 100+ Women Who Care Middle TN, e-mail <ewschneller@gmail.com>.