• Jul 29
    July 29, 2009

    Today had some very low lows and some incredibly high highs.  We pulled up in front of the apartment and began loading the belongings of a single mother and her three year old son into the back of the AtG van.  She had lost her job and was going to be evicted tomorrow morning.  If she wasn't out, the police would have showed up and moved all of her belongings to the curb.  Often when this happens, people from the...read article >>

  • Jul 17
    July 17, 2009

    Last nights 180 Program was awesome.  The moms are being taught Self-Defense from the Franklin Police Department.  It is a program called the RAD Program (Rape, Agression Defense) and the women have had a great time...read article >>

  • Jul 07
    July 07, 2009

    Barbara is one of our moms.  She has her own place, but like every house, is often in need of repairs.  Last weekend we got a text that she had no hot water and the water heater was leaking.  Mike Newberry, with Air Doctors, has made himself available to assist with things like this.  He went by to diagnose exactly what needed to be done and then, while the rest of us were cooking out, Mike spent his Fourth of July...read article >>

  • Jun 29
    June 29, 2009

    IT IS OFFICIAL.  Carmen Powell has been nominated and will be recongized as the recipient of the Franklin Tomorrow Volunteer Spirit Award.  She will be recognized on July 11 at Franklin Tomorrow's Third Annual Shrimp Boil.  If you are interested in attending the dinner, tickets are $50.00 for adults and $35.00 for children and can be purchased through Franklin Tomorrow's website franklintomorrow.org or by calling 794-...read article >>

  • Jun 26
    June 26, 2009

    Against the Grain has a new person to help around the office.  Liz Johnson started today through the V.I.S.T.A. program, which stands for Volunteers In Service To America, and will help with raising funds, volunteers and partnerships with other organizations over the next year.  If you are interested in helping Liz move the vision of AtG forward over the next year please email her at liz@atghope.org.

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  • Jun 22
    June 22, 2009

    The Journey Church has an unique way of overcoming an overcrowded church on Sunday mornings.  They didn't build a bigger building or go to two services, they ask a certain number of small groups to volunteer for a local non-profit during the Sunday morning service.  This gives them two benefits...1 - they can fit everyone in the building on Sunday morning and 2 - they give their people opportunities to serve and...read article >>

  • May 09
    May 09, 2009

    It has been a busy week with both a Golf Scramble and Walk-A-Thon.  On Thursday we held the 4th Annual Golf Scramble and had an incredible turn out.  80 golfers signed up to support AtG and the weather was absolutely beautiful.  Congratulations to Hubie Smith, Jason Adkins, Ricky Bowers and Robert Butler for winning with a 14 under 57 and to the wininng church team from Franklin Christian Church who posted a 13...read article >>

  • May 01
    May 01, 2009

    Sunday, April 26 at Franklin Christian Church AtG graduated 5 moms into the second phase of the 180 program.  The women have spent the last year meeting weekly for group classes in budgeting, parenting, self-esteem, character development and leadership skills.  They have also gone through a jobs program.  For the next six months the women will attend classes every other week and then complete the last six months meeting with...read article >>

  • Apr 13
    April 13, 2009

    Against the Grain was selected as one of the organizations to be supported by the Nashville Predators Foundation for 2009.  They will be helping to send our kids to camp this summer.  They are an incredible organization and provide tickets throughout the year so the moms, kids and volunteers can attend the games and last summer Gnash came to visit the kids during our summer program.  AtG was also chosen to be one of the...read article >>

  • Apr 07
    April 07, 2009

    Through a collaborative effort with Mending Hearts, AtG offered its first 180 class to women in Nashville.  The women were taken through the 180 budget class and had the following results.  When starting the class only 50% of the women said they knew how to write a budget - 90% knew how after completing the class.  60% of the women said they changed their minds about using check-cashing stores and 50% changed their minds about...read article >>

  • Mar 26
    March 26, 2009

    Monday March 23, AtG celebrated 6 years of service to single mothers in Middle Tennessee and we have incredible opportunities to offer these services to hundreds of additional women in the next year.  The class in Franklin continues to grow and there are several women in Nashville who Meredith has begun mentoring and they are asking for additional training.  Remember us as we move forward with plans to offer the training of the 180...read article >>

  • Feb 13
    February 13, 2009

    Wednesday night, the class was led by Bryan Maynard (friend and husband of AtG Board member).  Bryan told his story to the moms and encouraged them to fight through the struggles that we all have in our lives...to no longer make excuses and do the hard work necessary to overcome their past.  Bryan will be back next week to finish his story...the dialogue began and the moms were soaking it up.  Before long, the time was gone and...read article >>

  • Feb 11
    February 11, 2009

    Just to be clear.  We do have class tonight as of now.  We will cancel class if the current weather watch turns into a warning.  Please check back, if class is cancelled we will update this page. 

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  • Feb 02
    February 02, 2009

    Yesterday, Nickell Whitson was honored as an artist at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts.  Nickell has been a part of AtG's programming for several years and has incredible talent and potential.  His mother is enrolled in the 180 program and could not be prouder of her son.  His piece is part of the Franklin Special School Districts art exhibit and he is the third grade representative for Johnson Elementary.  The...read article >>

  • Jan 29
    January 29, 2009

    The founders of AtG were able to share the story of Against the Grain with the viewers of Channel 5+ which airs on Comcast channel 50.  Rob and Meredith were able to have Donyall Howard appear on the program with them and share how Against the Grain has empowered her and given her the will to fight for what she wants in life.  The program will air on Comcast channel 50 several more times which are listed below.

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