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Donelson to Get New Restore the Dream Center to Aid Flood RecoveryJanuary 11, 2011
By Nancy DeVille • THE TENNESSEAN • January 11, 2011
A new Restore The Dream center is opening in Donelson to assist residents who are still trying to recover from the May flood. The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Restore the Dream center is scheduled to open this week at 2416 Music Valley Drive in a strip mall near Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Trained case managers will assess flood victims’ individual situations, create a recovery plan and find resources.
Using United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline resources database, case managers will be able to access more than 7,000 different resources including nonprofit organizations, government programs, faith-based institutions and private companies who can provide help. The new center is opening to assist residents in Pennington Bend, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the May flood.
Metro Councilman Phil Claiborne said this resource is needed in the area as there are still houses in Pennington Bend where there have been little or no repairs done. “For those that will make the effort to plug into it and take advantage of it, they will definitely see a benefit,” he said.
There are currently five other Restore the Dream centers throughout Davidson County. United Way and the partnering agencies analyzed data generated by more than 35,000 calls to United Way’s 2-1-1 Hotline since May 1 and identified sites near the areas where the largest number of needs were identified and still remain. The Restore the Dream centers have assisted about 937 families since opening last year and are vital to Nashville’s long-term flood recovery, said Mary Jo Wiggins, chief financial officer with United Way of Metro Nashville. “At this stage of the game this is the sole source of case management,” she said. “They are the advocates for those families to get through this process. The Restore the Dream centers are funded to be there as long as the community needs them.”