The homeless portion of our program serves approximately 700 meals per month for the homeless and hungry in the Madison area. With donations we have been able to provide healthy, fresh, and balanced meals. The team has assisted with 3 young women seeking help to get off the street and into a safe house for victims of human trafficking.
The recession in 2008 had a deep impact on the financial stability of Madison. The homeless population increased greatly during this time. Estimates are up to 500 individuals are currently homeless in the Madison/Rivergate area. The average income for a household in Madison is $20,215 annually compared to $63,000 in Nashville. 57% of individuals in the Madison community have a high school diploma or less and unemployment is at 6%. While Elevate Madison Ministries is a small nonprofit, we are committed to being part of the solution for the identified community needs of homeless, unemployment, and education. Our primary mission is to provide warm meals, computer training, job skills training, and financial counseling to homeless, uneducated, and under—employed individuals and families.