Westminster Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began from the May 2010 flood. More than 1,800 volunteers donated almost 70,000 hours of direct assistance, with an impact of $2.6 million. Westminster realized that many people had home repair and maintenance needs beyond the flood damage. We moved from flood recovery to critical home repairs. In February 2013 we incorporated as Westminster Home Connection.
Curious about our impact? Watch this 8-minute video and see three homeowners’ stories of hope after receiving help from Westminster volunteers.
History of Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church began in 1874 as Moore Memorial Church. In 1937, during the depths of the Depression, the congregation purchased land on the outskirts of town and began to build on the present site. The first service was held at 3900 West End Avenue in September 1939.
Westminster has always supported charitable activities and organizations. In the 1950s, the Mothers Day Out program began, which is now the Westminster School for Young Children. In 1968, Westminster School of Nashville was founded and moved and became Currie Ingram Academy in 2002.
In May 2010, Westminster decided to open a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance host site in response to the devastating May 2010 flood.
History of Westminster Home Connection
Westminster Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began work in flooded homes in May 2010 and opened a volunteer host site in June 2010. Since that time, 1,800 volunteers have come to Nashville to work for a week each rebuilding flooded homes. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance helped us with advice and funding. Early in the recovery, it became apparent that construction and project management expertise was needed. Westminster hired a construction manager to oversee the repairs and to advise the homeowners and case managers. Westminster built relationships with other flood recovery organizations, including Hands on Nashville, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Salvation Army, FiftyForward, Catholic Charities, Conexion, Martha O’Bryan, American Red Cross, St. Luke’s Community House, and the Davidson, Cheatham and Sumner County Long-Term Recovery committees. Westminster has worked in over 350 homes and the value of the rebuild work is over $2.6 million. Westminster continued work until the last home in case management was completed.
Westminster realized that many people had home repair and maintenance needs beyond the flood damage. These homeowners are elderly, living on fixed incomes or with serious health issues. Westminster Home Connection was incorporated on February 1, 2013 for the purpose of making critical home repairs, modifying homes of people who are at risk for falls or have limited mobility and providing maintenance for those who cannot maintain their homes. Our goal is to support individuals who wish to continue living in their safe and functional homes.