Mountain Glacier quenches thirsts with crystal-clear jugs of bottled spring water, which are free of additives, preservatives, and chemicals. After an H20-hoisting maestro delivers the water-cooler rental and the first month’s four bottles of Mountain Glacier water, he or she will also set it up, install it, and recommend the proper diet and grooming tips for the remaining three bottles. Each cooler comes with both cold and room-temperature water, suitable for cold lemonade and room-temperature water balloons. If anything should go awry, the company is quick to provide customer service and any necessary repairs.
The Holiday Market stuffs 40,000 square feet of the Nashville Convention Center with clothing, accessories, housewares, and gourmet food for sale. With merchants such as Gilchrist & Gilchrist Vintage Living, Cathy’s Antiques, or Emily G’s on hand, visitors can quickly browse a broad selection of stores without having to roller-skate through a mall. At the Girls’ Night Out event, guests peruse curated goods such as vintage jewelry and specialty desserts while listening to music and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Those attending the morning-preview event can bet in silent auctions or fill fists with discounted items while noshing on light breakfast fare. Morning shoppers also enjoy complimentary valet parking and gift-wrapping of purchases or any shopping companions finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Each of the market events benefits charities backed by the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that promotes projects aimed at enriching the lives of children, women, and families.
The Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) works with family caregivers across the state of Tennessee to help provide them with short-term, temporary relief from their duties caring for adults or children with disabilities or special needs. Temporary relief can enable caregivers to satisfy their own needs and get a much-needed break from the demands of providing ongoing care.
TRC assists caregivers who look after individuals of any age, and allows them to choose their own respite provider. While their loved ones are cared for, caregivers may engage in a variety of activities, from taking a trip to spending time with other family members and catching up on other errands such as grocery shopping. In the past year, TRC has provided more than 200 families across the state of Tennessee with access to respite services.
Tennessee Family Solutions Inc. (TFS) provides a full-time care facility and support services for people with severe developmental disabilities. People living at TFS stay in small groups in duplexes or neighborhood-style homes with staff members living next door. Its staff members employ the teaching-family model, which focuses on maintaining dignity and respect. In addition to a range of health-support services and 24/7 care, the facility provides clients with individual daily schedules, the ability to self-determine their activities, and a family-style atmosphere. It also organizes trips and activities for residents to venture outside its boundaries to parks, performances, and sporting events.
Nurses for Newborns supports families most at-risk for infant mortality by performing in-home nursing visits that include assessments of the infant's sleeping environment and education about safe sleep practices and positive parenting skills. The organization's representatives conduct visits with teenage moms and mothers with disabilities, families who are experiencing poverty, and those whose babies are born with medical problems. In addition to providing necessary medical care and teaching parents useful skills, they also provide donated materials such as diapers, clothing, food, cribs, and bedding.