The Churchwell family is pictured here, outside of their home (801 Village Court, East Nashville) that was completely flooded in
May. The family includes (dad) Broderick Churchwell and (mom) Kia Churchwell and their four
Brod’za Churchwell, age 15
Brianna Churchwell, age 10
Kiandra Churchwell, age 8
Jasmine Churchwell, age 15 months
The Churchwells own a home on a corner lot in East Nashville, a few blocks from the Cumberland River near Shelby Park. However, the house is not in a designated flood plain. During the May floods, the Cumberland River engulfed their home, filling it with several feet of water. The family lost everything they owned, except for a few possessions they could carry out by canoe. All of their household goods, their clothing, the children’s toys, Mr. Churchwell’s tools, practically every item they owned was destroyed.
Thanks to assistance from The Salvation Army, family members and volunteers, The Churchwell’s have begun the long road to recovery – they gutted their home and started work on the restoration. The Salvation Army helped relocate the family to an apartment, where they are living until they can renovate their home and make it habitable again. The Churchwells hope to move back into their home by Christmas, but they admit it will take a miracle. As with so many families affected by the flood, the Churchwells have faced the financial burden of paying the mortgage and utilities for their home while also incurring additional rent, utility, and renovation expenses. The Salvation Army provided financial assistance to the Churchwells to help with rental and immediate clothing expenses, and they continue to provide ongoing flood recovery case management support, connecting the family with organizations and services that can help them get back into their home.
$50,000 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Challenge Grant to Salvation Army Supports Flood Recovery Services
The Salvation Army Encourages Constituents to Donate to Flood Recovery and Adopt Angels Affected by the Floods
The Pruett Financial group joins the Northwestern Mutual Foundation in supporting The Salvation Army’s long-term flood recovery efforts. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is making a $50,000 grant, with $25,000 of the grant assigned as matching funds to encourage new monetary gifts from local donors. The Foundation grant will match $1 for every $1 donated, with a total match of up to $25,000. And the Pruett Financial Group is adopting a family in flood recovery through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Thousands of children are still in need of adoption this Christmas. We encourage you to visit area malls, Cool Springs Galleria, Hickory Hollow Mall, Rivergate Mall and The Mall at Green Hills until December 4th. Or if you are a church, corporate or civic group and would like to host your own “Angel Tree”, please contact our Corporate Angel Tree Coordinator, Liz Turner at 255-9676.