Hi my name is T. Most of you haven't missed me, but I have been gone for 18 years. I get to return to the outside world in 12 months, but can I be real for a moment. I am scared. I am scared to death. So much has changed since I walked into a grocery store or a mall. Heck, when I left the free society you couldn't take pictures with your...read article >>
Sandy (not her real name) has been living at a homeless shelter for months...read article >>
Please click on the PDF below to preview a sample copy of Week 4 from The 180 Program.read article >>
Simply by feeding your dog, YOU can make a difference by keeping us in jail. Sounds crazy but it is true! Positive transformations are happening...read article >>
We are so excited to announce that Against the Grain will begin offering services to the young men at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. Through a partnership with Ken Turner, and his organization High Impact Teens, these young men will begin to receive training in Fatherhood, Life and Job Skills. AtG will provide the Life and Job skills and Ken will lead them through the All-Pro Dad material. We are so excited to help these men break...read article >>
AtG and the Image Buidlers Program were a focus of attention on Money Matters, a TV show for Williamson County Schools. The focus on AtG and the Image Builders Program starts at around the 20 minute mark.read article >>
As many of you know, Against the Grain has had a longstanding relationship with Brothers’ Pizza Company. Devin Cundall founded Brothers’ with a vision to support the work of ministries both locally and internationally. Devin has stayed true to his vision with his generous donations locally and by providing food for children in third world countries through the Feed Yourself, Feed the World Program.
When the economy got tight in 2009, I...read article >>
I sat with a friend that I had not spent much time with in the last couple of years. She used to be on our Board and is an amazing woman with incredible wisdom. We talked about how easy it is to lose sight of the reason an organization was founded. During conversation she asked "how has Against the Grain kept with the original vision?" I knew we had stuck pretty closely to our original vision but thought I would go back and look at the...read article >>
We just finished a great week at the CCDA National Conference. We met several "like-minded" organizations that are bringing hope to others as they serve in their communities. As an organization, we not only serve our own community in Middle Tennnessee, we provide training, curriculum and support to several other...read article >>
Did you know that prison systems look at third grade test scores as a common factor when determining the number of beds that will be needed in 15 - 20 year projections? If a child is still behind by one reading level at the end of fourth grade, their chance of addictions, high school drop out, teen pregnancy, gang involvement and incarceration DOUBLES!!!
AtG's Image Builders Program is a one-on-one tutoring program that is...read article >>
This year, AtG provided tutoring to 57 children through the Image Builders Study Buddy Program. These tutors are providing an incredible service to kids who are at-risk of academic failure and raising test scores. Without an education, these kids are garaunteed to continue negative cycles. Click on the link below to read the story of one of our incredible tutors and her child.
We have had the honor of training two groups of volunteers in Murfreesboro who will be providing The 180 Program to homeless women in their area. Sunday, we added 12 more volunteers to their number but they still need more. If you live, or know someone who lives, in Rutherford County and would like to volunteer and help provide this life-changing program, please email email@example.com for more...read article >>
What do you get when you cross an adulterer, a murderer, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a prostitute and a little incest? Not one of our classes...Jesus. Those are all people in his lineage. We work with people every day that believe that they are worthless because of their choices and their lives are over, but we offer them hope. Hope for a future as someone who can turn their life around and make a significant impact on this world. We need your...read article >>