About Us

In 2012, a group of Christians set out to make sure nobody froze to death in Wilson County. We opened shelters in eight churches in December 2013, and it has been amazing to watch God’s work unfold.

by the numbers

  • 5,914 beds provided over 5 years — 1,522 in 2017-18
  • 11,000+ meals served (dinner & breakfast each night)
  • 400+ people who spent at least one night as a guest – 79 men and 22 women in 2017-18
  • Hundreds of volunteers offered transportation, first aid & basic medical care, warm clothes
  • 175 volunteer hours needed to operate the ministry every night of the winter
  • 34 Wilson County churches from 16 traditions uniting to serve
Homeless Man


Over the next 5 years:
  • Recruit full-time staff to strengthen shelters and to expand services beyond emergency shelters.
  • Recruit and train a team of mentors to walk with homeless friends towards transformation.
  • Develop basic life skill courses in a format that is appealing, appropriate and practical.
  • Secure a facility to serve as a day shelter, with office space, classrooms, and a computer lab.

Homelessness Statistics

Continue to offer safe & warm winter shelters in Wilson County churches. As we gain the trust of shelter guest, invite them to walk with a mentor through training that leads to a better life.

One Year Goals (2018-2019)

  • Open shelters in 21 churches with leaders who are well-trained and well-supported.
  • Implement a safe and reliable plan for transporting guests to and from shelters.
  • Add a full-time staff member beginning October 1, 2018
  • Develop financial resources to support the ministry—website with online giving tool, team of monthly donors, certification through Giving Matters©.

Three Year Goals (2018-2021)

  • Develop a mentoring program of trained Christian leaders to walk alongside shelter guests.
  • Offer at least three courses per year in basic life skills.
  • Develop plans to expand services in Mt. Juliet.
  • Become a resource hub for programs who serve the poor in Wilson County.
  • Add a second full-time staff member.
  • Launch a Dignity Fund to help with end-of-life costs for shelter guests.

Five Year Goals (2018-2023)

  • Secure a day shelter with office spaces, classrooms, and a computer lab.
  • Implement a staffing plan for dayd shelters.
  • Develop a buisness incbator for social enterprises with jobs that offer a livable wage.

"You guys really do care."

Compassionate Hands Guest — Following a funeral service for a homeless lady.

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

Compassionate Hands Member

Organization Leaders

Executive Director -John Grant

John Grant

Minister & Executive Director

Mark Taylor

Logistics Coordinator

Joyce Gaines

Financial Coordinator

Shelia Weathers

Ministry Development

Dawn Bradford


Michelle Wilde

Communications Coordinator

Ministry Partners

Berea Church of Christ
The Bridge Fellowship
Celebration Lutheran Church
College Hills Church of Christ
Cook's United Methodist Church
Cross Point Mt. Juliet
Crossroads Community Church
Cross Style Church & Ministry Center
Church of the Epiphany
Fairview Church
Faith Lutheran Church
First Baptist Church Lebanon
First Presbyterian Church
Fresh Oil Church
Generations of Grace
The Glade Church
Global Vision
Grace Bible Church
Immanuel Baptist Church
Launchpoint Church
Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian
Lebanon First United Methodist Church
Living Word Family Worship Center
Maple Hill Church of Christ
Music City Baptist Church
New Tribe Church
New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian
Peyton Road Church of Christ
Providence United Methodist Church
Samaritan Life - Hartsville
Salvation Army
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Victory Baptist Church
Westland United Methodist Church

Countdown until winter

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