Counseling & Pastoral Care

Counseling: Supporting Families in Need

Our Family Support Team is often the first place community members turn when in crisis, on the brink of eviction, with access to electricity, or without food.  In response to these crisis situations, our team provides intensive short-term support and individualized case management, assisting families with rent and utility payments, health care referrals, legal support, bus passes, emergency food boxes, and other resources as needed. Beyond crisis supports, we also provide comprehensive interpersonal and domestic violence counseling to community members experiencing trauma, through our Forces for Good initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Through Forces for Good, we are developing a place-based, proactive strategy for addressing interpersonal and domestic violence in Cayce Place, in partnership with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Direct Customer Services

Assessment: identify strengths and needs and develop an Action Plan with clients

Case Management: support in completing the client Action Plan over a period of 1-6 months

Therapy: short-term, solution-focused therapy for individuals or families

In-Program Support: implementing specific program support plans for high-need clients or their families

Specific Needs Assistance: financial assistance, vision/glasses assistance, bus passes, or legal issues.

Intervention: provide assessment and crisis intervention in the event of a mental health crisis

Chaplain and Pastoral Care

Collaborative with our Family Support Team, our full-time, on-campus Chaplain provides a variety of Pastoral Care services, helping community members build assets and advocacy. During the week, our Chaplain visits homes, builds relationships with residents, assists and prays with families in need, and shares information about upcoming spiritual programming.  Furthermore, our Chaplain provided routine pastoral case management to those struggling to overcome the effects of poverty, as well as though experiencing grief and loss.  Each second and fourth Sunday, our Chaplain hosts our Joyful Noise worship service, giving community members the opportunity to praise, break bread, and build fellowship in the heart of their neighborhood.

To contact our Chaplain, please contact kedwards@marthaobryan.org.