We are excited to share the new Helen Ross McNabb Foundation website. The McNabb Foundation has grown tremendously since its creation in 1972 and 2019 was a banner year thanks to you all. The Foundation has enjoyed its most successful year to date as it embarked on several ambitious campaigns to meet community needs. Special events set records in both attendance and funds raised and, most importantly, we met new friends to support our cause.
The Foundation campaigns included East Tennessee Military Services, Mineral Springs Manor senior housing and Hamblen County Recovery Housing. Each campaign sought to meet a gap in the continuum of services offered by the Center.
Three years ago the Foundation raised funds to provide outpatient mental health and substance use treatment to veterans, active-duty military and/or their immediate family members. During this time approximately 400 individuals were served, families were preserved and others were reconciled. We have served veterans with highly trained military veteran mental health professionals; a formula for success that we want to perpetuate for years to come for those who have served our country.
Our Mineral Springs Manor senior housing campaign was also a tremendous success and will result in the development of 50, one-bedroom, affordable, permanent supportive housing rental units for low-income seniors in Knox County. This $6 million project is a record fundraising campaign for the Foundation.
In Morristown, our very successful Jail to Work program, helping women with criminal involvement and substance use issues, identified safe, affordable, sober housing as a need. Our volunteers rallied to raise funds for a 4-unit, 20-bed apartment development that is now providing critical housing to these women. The positive results are unprecedented with 86% success (getting jobs, paying debts and not returning to jail). Investing in their lives is good for their families and the community.
The special events, including the Spirit Award Dinner, Scenic City Sporting Clays, Big BBQ Bash, Bob Kesling & Bert Bertelkamp Golf Tournament, Russell Biven Clayfest, Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament, the Beth Haynes 12 Days Auction and Dear Santa program, were all wildly successful. The ability to share our story through these events and raise needed funds is priceless.
The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation appreciates the importance of providing care for children who have faced traumatic experiences. The Foundation has supported a Therapeutic Preschool program in Knoxville since 2017 and anticipates completing a fundraising campaign in 2020 to provide a similar service in Chattanooga. A tremendous amount of education and training around Adverse Childhood Experiences has been completed and our staff have the expertise to treat children who have had bad childhood experiences.
These amazing fundraising initiatives and events are only possible because of our volunteers, supporters and donors. THANK YOU to each and every one of you for sharing your time, energy and resources to improve the lives of the people we serve.