Community Engagement

Family Resource Center 

Martha O'Bryan Center's Family Resource Center is a network of 30 public, private, and partner agencies, connecting clients to resources and recreational activities.

Current programs include:

New Beginnings Fitness: Weekly fitness classes for women. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the Martha O'Bryan Center Gym, New Beginnings fitness offers strength and physical training, nutritional education, and empowerment coaching.

Community Chiropractic Care: Provided by Chiro Nash and Maximized Living, community members can come by the Center on Thursdays for free chiropractic care. Offered every Thursday from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Sign up at the Center in the Hope Building on Thursday mornings to reserve your spot. More information

Community Education Classes: Nashville Community Education provides affordable, personal and professional enrichment to adults in the Nashville community. Classes take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings at MOBC. See flier for fall schedule. Scholarships are available.

Participatory Defense: A partnership event between the community and defenders, for those needed direction in the court systems. Held in the Faith Community Room every Monday at 6:00 PM. Individual appointment times are also available.

Other events and programs include: Back to School Bash, Cayce Arts Festival, Community Fall Festival, Black History Month celebrations, Community Coat Drive, Holiday Open House, movie screenings, and more.

Contact Eric Gipson at egipson@marthaobryan.org for more information on the Family Resource Center and its programs.

Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement centers on providing opportunities for youth voice in the Cayce Place community, developing leadership skills in adolescent males and females, and creating safe, non-violent spaces for programming and recreation.

Current programs include:

Teen Leadership Council: A program for adolescent boys and girls in grades 6-12 with the purpose to develop leadership skills, educate youth about policies and current events at the local, state and national level that affect them, Empower youth to be civically engaged ,promote healthy and safe activities, behaviors and attitudes and provide a supportive structure for teens and role-models for younger children

Youth Jam!: Recreational program for youth ages 7-17; An open-gym and activity space for youth in Cayce Place, CWA Apartments and the surrounding communities in East Nashville. Activities can include but are not limited to basketball, kickball, volleyball, jump rope, painting, coloring, and  board games.

Food Bank

Martha O'Bryan Center and Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee have partnered for more than two decades to address food insecurity in our service area.  Cayce Place and surrounding neighborhoods have been identified as a food desert, since the population is predominately low-income and has limited access to a grocery store or reliable transportation. 

Our Food Bank, one of the busiest in Middle Tennessee, currently serves East Nashville and surrounding areas, Monday - Friday, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. 

In November 2016, with the help of veterans organization The Mission Continues and dedicated volunteers and staff, MOBC's food bank became a client choice food pantry. This means that, instead of receiving a pre-made box of food, clients now are able to "shop" for themselves. Client choice acknowledges that no two families or individuals have the same needs or preferences and encourages client dignity, self-esteem, and builds trust and satisfaction. Other benefits include: reduced waste, engaged engagement with our clients, and a richer volunteer experience.

Senior Nutrition Services

The Meals on Wheels program was designed to assist low-income seniors and disabled persons within our community (37206 and 37216). In 2017, after surveying and talking with those we serve, we transitioned from a traditional MOW program to a weekly Senior Nutrition Service. Volunteers and staff provide weekly grocery delivery to about 65 individuals. With this change, we are able to provide more food each week to those who need it the most.

Kids Cafe

An outreach of the Center's Family Resource Center, our Kids Cafe serves a congregate meal to families each Monday afternoon from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, in partnership with Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, and loyal volunteers.  Kids Cafe not only feeds food insecure community members but also gives families the opportunity to build relationships with one another, creating a social network that directly addresses their need for systemic community support.  MOBC's Kids Cafe served 12,476 meals to children and families during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.