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The Power of Hope

Updated: May 27, 2019

Managers' Note

Memoirist Anne Lamott once wrote, "Hope is revolutionary patience." 

In the waning winter months, as freeze and frost slowly yield to spring, the Guest House is coming ever more to life. Buds are starting to sprout, the grass has finally returned, and the phone has been ringing nonstop. Reservation requests poured in across February, including requests from eight new families hoping to visit four different facilities in March, April, and beyond. Parents whose son just started a 10-year sentence; a family of 11—grandparents, siblings, nieces, and small children—suddenly discovering a life-line to their daughter, sister, aunt, mother; a young man driving from Kansas City, MO to check on his friend. It's a revolutionary thing to hope in the midst of a season of such constraint and uncertainty. And yet, with each room night booked, each community dinner shared, each morning coffee poured, we see it:  the blooms are returning. The sun is shining. Slowly, and then all at once, community is growing in the most unlikely of places.

Something hopeful may arrive after all.



Capital Campaign Update

We are thrilled to share that we have raised the $70,000 downpayment needed to purchase The Guest House! Thank you all for making this possible!

We're now rounding the final bend of our Capital Campaign, which includes raising those extra thousands to cover our closing costs. Have you donated yet? If not, it's not too late! Join us in this exciting endeavor:

  • Give by mail by sending checks made out to Family Reconciliation Center to P.O. Box 90827, Nashville, TN 37209. 

  • Give online via credit card here.


Family Reconciliation is a nonprofit hospitality house located in Nashville, TN. We provide free overnight rooms to anyone visiting an incarcerated loved one.


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