Building Our Future & Going for the Gold
25 Years in the Making
25-Year Search for a Home
TJC has found a new home, and we need your help to build our future! We recently closed on a property at 155 Lafayette Street, in South Nashville, after many years of moving from place to place. During its 25-year history, TJC has been forced by development or rising rents to repeatedly move its offices around downtown Nashville, including stays in a condemned building and the basement of a parking garage. TJC was dislocated again when Atlanta developers bought their most recent office on Seventh Avenue and started demolition in preparation for the building’s conversion into a luxury boutique hotel. Even a historic pandemic and recession could neither slow the developers’ plans nor dampen Nashville’s raging real estate boom.
With the help of experts, TJC’s Board and management undertook an exhaustive yearlong search for rental space or property available for purchase. They concluded that TJC’s long-term stability would be best served by the purchase of its own building. More careful planning and assessment went into determining the financial feasibility of that option. Meanwhile, TJC staff have worked remotely and recently moved the office to temporary quarters.
What Owning a Building Means to TJC
- Provides a stable home for TJC, a long-term location with permanency.
- Affords TJC insights and inspiration through the “Power of Proximity.”
- Creates a visible presence that will promote TJC’s mission to volunteers, donors and the public.
- Provides space at a cost of substantially less than the forecast cost for the 2022 leasing option.
- Caps/avoids rental rate increase risk.
- Result in significantly more money for direct program delivery.
- Provides flexibility for headcount fluctuations (could accommodate growth or sublease more space for income if space needs).
- Frees management from the administrative burden of multiple moves and managing changing occupancy costs.
- Establishes a location that a) provides more visibility to the community and particularly to clients eligible to be served by the organization; b) is close to downtown and volunteer lawyers/legislature; and c) is close to Vanderbilt, Belmont, Fisk, TSU, Trevecca which are all sources of our intern pool and volunteers.
Thank you Capital Campaign Donors!
The Frist Foundation
Frank and Amy Garrison
Bill and Robin King
Ken and Lynn Melkus
Matt Wiltshire & Crissy Wieck
Ascension St. Thomas
HCA Healthcare Foundation
James R. Meadows, Jr. Foundation
The Kharis Foundation Advised Fund
Kevin and Katie Crumbo
Harris A. Gilbert
Drs. Bob and Bonnie Miller
Shirley and Stuart Speyer
Charles W. Bone
Mary Bell Crossman
James and Emily Flautt
Riney and Lynn Green
Victor S. Johnson III
Matt and Judy Sweeney
West End Home Foundation
Edgar and Kathi Allen
Margaret Behm and Harlan Dodson, III
Frank and Melissa Bloch
Ellen B. Corenswet
John and Natasha Deane
Sherie L. Edwards
Deborah and John Farringer
Butler Snow Foundation
Sarah Fisher Gardial
Jeff and Allyn Gibson
Nate and Lillian Gilmer
Josh and Ellie Hedrick
Michele Johnson and Jeffrey Hill
Susan Emery McGannon
Christine Modisher and Marsha Williams
Karen Neal and John Berggren
J. Edward & Kathleen S. Pearson
Ralph and Jane Roach
Joan B. Shayne
Dr. Buzz Sienknecht and Ms. Sharon Bandy
Joe and Joanne Sowell
Steve and Jeanne Thomas
John and Sandee Tishler
Alex and Mary Wade
OUR FOREVER HOME
Our New Home
We are moving to 155 Lafayette Street in South Nashville! The building, site of a long-abandoned liquor store, is located in Nashville’s Cameron-Trimble neighborhood. The neighborhood has a proud 150-year history of struggle for racial and economic justice, but is also burdened by some of the most concentrated poverty in the city. The location will enable TJC to draw on the “power of proximity” to those we serve. As Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, has said, “Proximity is a pathway through which we learn the kind of things we need to know to make healthier communities.” Working in proximity to people and communities at risk “is where we are informed, energized, and feel the empathy that drives us to change the world.”
A New Resource for the Neighborhood
Our Silver Anniversary
Going for the Gold
Since the Tennessee Justice Center was founded 25 years ago, generous donors and foundations have contributed $20 million to support TJC’s advocacy for social and economic justice. TJC has used that support to individually represent nearly 15,000 children and adults, then worked with those clients and other allies to advocate for policy reforms that benefit low-income Tennesseans statewide. TJC has enabled its donors’ investment to generate billions of dollars of benefits for millions of Tennessee families in need.
According to court records and state reports, benefits won by TJC include $2.5 billion in medical care and over $300 million in nutrition benefits for children and adults across Tennessee. On an investment of $20 million in donations and grants, that represents a rate of return of $140 of benefits for every dollar invested in TJC’s work.
But wait, there’s more! That calculation doesn’t take into account:
- TJC’s success, achieved through 15 years of litigation, in requiring TennCare and its managed care contractors to meet federal health standards for the 914,000 children and youth – fully half of all Tennesseans ages 0-21 – who are enrolled in TennCare.
- TJC’s negotiation of reforms to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program that enabled 13,000 single mothers to transition successfully into jobs.
- TJC’s leadership role in the establishment of Tennessee’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CoverKids, which currently provides health coverage to 33,000 children and 12,000 pregnant mothers who would otherwise be uninsured.
- TJC’s landmark victory establishing the right of Medicare beneficiaries to enforce federal patient care standards against Medicare contractors.
- TJC’s court settlement that reallocated $250 million in TennCare funding from nursing homes to programs serving frail adults in home and community-based settings, enabling 15,000 individuals a year to retain their independence and dignity.
- TJC’s negotiation of improved educational and mental health services for children in state juvenile justice facilities.
- TJC’s reversal of state policies that denied nutrition assistance to children in immigrant families.
- And much, much more…
Most importantly, by making TJC’s work possible, supporters have insisted that every child is precious, every person matters, and that Justice belongs to ALL of us!
TJC in the News
Special Thanks to Our Capital Campaign Committee
Co-Chairs: Amy and Frank Garrison
- Mike Abelow
- Ronette Adams-Taylor
- Jim Barry
- Margaret Behm
- Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda
- Shannon Coleman Egle
- David Esquivel
- Deborah Farringer
- Sarah Fisher Gardial
- Jeff Gibson
- Nate Gilmer
- Riney Green
- La’Kishia Harris
- Josh Hedrick
- Jennifer Lankford
- Alex MacKay
- Neil McBride
- Nancy Fraas MacLean
- Dana Migliaccio
- Dr. Bob Miller
- Jerry Taylor
- John Tishler