Local Nonprofit Vies for $25K Grant


Renewed Life Ministries Outreach of Murfreesboro has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 Finalist. Renewed Life Ministries Outreach is the only finalist in middle Tennessee and one of just two in the state this year vying for a $25,000 grant.

The community can help Renewed Life win the grant by voting for them. All U.S. residents who are 18 or older with a valid email address can vote for Renewed Life here: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2024192

You can vote until Friday, Aug. 23 at 11:59:59pm ET. Anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On September 25, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

Renewed Life has spent the last 24 years honing best practices for addiction recovery. Mentors and caring staff provide safe space in a nine-bed residence for men. The faith-based, 12-month program addresses not only the symptoms of addictions, but the root causes: identity issues that lead to destructive self-medication. To date, the ministry has supported over 800 families.

If selected for the Neighborhood Assist grant, Renewed Life will complete much-needed repairs to its facility and outfit a workshop on the property. There, with the support of volunteers and graduates, students will learn basic woodworking skills and help to build furniture, an additional revenue stream for the ministry. This self-sustaining source of income is the next step for Renewed Life to expand to serve even more in the growing Middle Tennessee community.

“It means the world to us that State Farm identified our cause as a finalist for this grant, and if selected, we vow to be good stewards of the investment in our work,” said Blake Hammill, Executive Director. Hammill assumed leadership following the death of Derek Faulkner, after his brief battle with cancer.

“This has been a difficult year for all of us in the RLMO family as we grieve Derek’s passing. But we are thrilled by the support of our community, and with God’s leading, we’ll continue Derek’s legacy, helping men to find freedom and restoration,” said Hammill.