Providing over 10,000 beds

to unhoused neighbors in Wilson County

Our Story

The sign — "Homeless. Hungry. God bless." Do you look away or hand over cash?

In 2012, a group of Christians set out to make sure nobody froze to death in Wilson County. God blessed that effort. Over the last five years, 40 churches from 16 traditions have contributed to a ministry that has provided over 10,000 beds and 20,000 meals to hundreds of neighbors. Along the way, God broke down walls and built surprising friendships. The lives of guests and volunteers have been transformed.

God continues to stretch us and expand our vision from sheltering our unhoused neighbors in the winter to making efforts to end homelessness in Wilson County. We are working with guests and community leaders to confront the issues that cause homelessness. In addition, in 2020, God added a second ministry focus to assist families and individuals impacted by the March 3, 2020 tornado and those struggling with challenges brought about by Covid.

Our vision is that the Wilson County community of faith be Christ’s
hands & feet to neighbors in need.
Our mission is to provide opportunities to serve, support, advocate,
and befriend neighbors in need.
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Our Services

We need you! Our program requires 175 volunteer hours every night.
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For 105 winter days, guests receive a hot dinner, breakfast, and lunch to go.

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Through 15 weeks of winter, churches host nightly shelters with capacity for 18 men and 12 women.

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Local churches provide shuttle services to and from shelters each day, and volunteers drive guests to work and doctor's appointments.

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Cleaning Services

Most of the shelter sites offer hot showers, and several wash and dry guest laundry.

How to help

the homeless crisis

“Homeless. Hungry. God bless.” Do you look away or hand over cash?

Why is now the time?

So much good has occurred. God has blessed our work – protecting us from serious mistakes and providing everything we need, but we see signs of slippage. Even though 2017-18 was a successful season, we started the year lacking shelters (17 out of 21), we shuffled registrars at mid-year, and there were bus issues several nights.  Plus, we saw the same guests staying multiple nights without taking steps to improve. We care about our guests so we want to help them find stable housing. We can do better, and now is the time to start.

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Homelessness Statistics

3.5 million people homeless

There are currently 3.5 million people that experience homelessness in a given year in the United States alone.

600,000 homeless every night

Almost 600,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in the United States.

Over 8,000 people a night experience homelessness in Tennessee

Each and every night somewhere in the state of Tennessee 8,000+ people will experience homelessness.

In Wilson County, Compassionate Hands provides beds for over 134 individuals each winter

In 2019-20, 98 men and 36 women spent at least one night in a Compassionate Hands shelter.

"Compassionate Hands has been such a blessing. God will be adding jewels to your crowns as well to hand over to the feet of Jesus"

- Wilson County tornado survivor

"We have a wonderful little girl in our congregation who took up a collection of gift cards for the homeless at her birthday party."

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Ongoing Events

Friday Night Dinners
What: Food, Showers (Weather Permitting), and More
When: Every Friday at 5:30
Where: Spain House - 411 W. Main Street
Dec. 1 - March 15
What: Shelters Open Every Night
Partner Meetings
What: Partner Church Meeting
When: 7 p.m. on Monday evenings
Where: Spain House - 411 W. Main Street
Email to be added to the list.
Sunday Meal & More
What: Outreach Opportunity with All For Him
When: Every Sunday starting at 4 p.m.
Where: Cumberland Center Blvd Lebanon

Hot Food, Sleeping Bags, Tarps, Clothing, Showers, Bus Passes, Work Shoes & Uniforms, Recources for Recovery, Love & Conversation with people who care

SPEcial Events

October 23, 2020
What: Compassionate Hands Chili Cookoff
When: 5:00
Where: Spain House - 411 W. Main Street | Lebanon

the homeless crisis

As long as poverty persists, we all have a job to do. It doesn't take much to change a life. Start making a difference today.