HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An organization that usually helps others is now asking the community for help.
The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee was recently displaced following a fire at City Square in Hendersonville.
“We have lost a computer, a couple of monitors [and] some phones,” board member Mark Ross told News 2 explaining that all of the damage hasn’t been tallied up yet.
For more than 30 years the organization has served around 100 students per year.
“We work with students all the way from assistance in homework, all the way to helping people for their GED. We also offer an array of specialized services as well,” Ross explained.
The service is free and the tutors are all volunteers.
While the fire slowed the non-profit down, Ross said they plan to come back stronger than before.
“The main thing is keeping the momentum going and servicing these students,” Ross said. “We cannot let that drop.”
For the past couple of months the organization has worked out of the library and various offices in the area. Recently, they found a temporary home on Nokes Drive.
“We think this location is best for us and we hope to eventually make this our permanent home,” Ross said.
The owner of the building offered up the new space at a reduced rate.
“Even though it’s a reduced rate, we are paying almost double than we were at City Square. We are looking to the community and to the businesses for assistance,” said Ross.
The discounted rate; however, is not permanent.
Ross told News 2 he hopes the community can help during their transition.
“We are really changing people’s lives here. Our goal is a solutions company, so if a student comes to us and we don’t offer a service we make sure we find that service,” he explained.
For more information on how to help the Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee, call 615-822-8112 or visit literacymidtn.org.