About us, our clients, our friends.
Our Place Nashville partners with non-profit organizations to provide brick-and-mortar housing called Friendship Houses throughout the city for adults with developmental disabilities.
Our Friendship Houses
Located near the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, TN.
Our Place Nashville’s first Divinity Friendship House at Vanderbilt opened in 2015, the second in 2016. Both create an interdependent living environment comprised of residents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (“friends”) and graduate students from Vanderbilt University, primarily from the Divinity School.
Our Place Nashville opened its third Friendship House in 2019. In addition to young adults with IDD and Vanderbilt Divinity School students, it integrates older adults into our Friendship House community for the first time.
A community of friends, graduate students and older adults
For every two friends who reside at Friendship House, there are three neurotypical adults: graduate students and our newest population, older adults.
Our Place Nashville helps our Friendship House resident friends find employment and volunteer opportunities that give them a sense of accomplishment, independence and community.
One of our residents works as a greeter for the Nashville Predators (along with Gnash!)
Our other employers include Fidelity Offset, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Green Hills Family YMCA, HealthStream, KrispyKreme Doughnuts, Kroger, LifePoint Health, Lipscomb University, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, Publix, and Vanderbilt University (Next Steps program, Dining Services, and Medical Center).
Places where our friends volunteer: Gigi’s Playhouse, Lane Motor Museum, Saddle Up!, TEAM-FPC (Therapeutic Equine Assistance Method @ First Presbyterian Church, Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol and Vanderbilt University’s Ambassadore (peer mentor) program.