Aphesis House kicks off its capital building campaign with fundraiser

Executive Director James Settles, Board Member Nick Oldham, and program supporter Kim Cox.

Executive Director James Settles, Board Member Nick Oldham, and program supporter Kim Cox.

Aphesis House began its capital building campaign kickoff with a fundraiser at their Compton Avenue location on Saturday, November 19. In attendance were board members, family, guests, and graduates and members of the program.

Aphesis House is a safe, sober, and supportive living environment for men seeking recovery after seasons of incarceration, addiction, and homelessness.

“Our holistic approach is designed to provide for the basic needs of residents while also offering personal and professional development services designed to empower them to transition into lives of dignity, self-sufficiency, and reconciliation,” said Executive Director, James Settles

“Aphesis is Greek for forgiveness, and no one is beyond redemption, regardless of the nature or scope of mistakes they have made in the past.”

That is the core belief behind the mission of Aphesis house.

Aphesis House, Inc. was formed in 2003 out of the vision of James Settles, who had successfully gone through a transitional program himself and wanted to help others find healing after seasons of incarceration and addiction. James had been speaking in the community about his desire to start Aphesis House, and his prayer was answered when a family decided to give him their home for free to see his vision accomplished. Over the next eleven years, Aphesis House grew from that single house, which could provide space for four men at a time, to operating four facilities across Nashville and serving up to 28 men at once. Aphesis House is now a leader in transitional housing services in Middle Tennessee, and has published materials teaching others how to start effective recovery programs.

“Right now we have 3 houses in separate locations, but the aim is to have a campus,” said Aphesis board member Nick Oldham.

The campus will be a place not just for those seeking a transition from incarceration, but a place for everyone.

“This campus affords the opportunity for us to open it up to the community and teach things like computer skills or how to do a resume,” said Oldham.

“I love to be community oriented, and I’m trusting God that this becomes a place where anybody can come get information,” said Settles. “I believe that people are lost because of information; if you give people the right information they do better “

There is a fear in the community whenever a transitional facility opens up in a neighborhood.

“We’ve been here at this facility at Belmont for approximately five years and there are a ton of young women walking around. This is where we receive all of our clients, and there has never been an incident.”

“We can use that data to speak to the community because that’s the beauty of the program; when men have been rehabilitated you don’t have to worry about them being a menace to the community.”

Aphesis has a success rate of over 80% and has helped more than 800 men find their way back to society.

“I just want to be intentional about serving men in helping them to go to the next level in their life. “

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising campaign, please contact aphesis house at 615-742-3463 or go to their website at aphesishouse.org.