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How to Prevent Nonprofit Burnout

July 21, 2022

Preventing nonprofit burnout is difficult without a global pandemic. But the last few years have pushed many nonprofits towards total…

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Why do so many homeless people suffer from mental illness?

July 8, 2022

Homelessness and mental illness, unfortunately, often go together. But why is that? We explore the cyclical nature of these two…

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Homelessness in Nashville Is Growing But We Are Not Losing Hope

June 27, 2022

I drive and walk past homeless veterans and homeless families every day. The causes of homelessness are so diverse and…

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Real Hope Ep. 19: Training Tomorrow’s Nonprofit Leaders with Kim James

June 22, 2022


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Substance Abuse & Homelessness: Getting Past Stigmas and Identifying Effective Solutions for Sustained Recovery

June 20, 2022

As of the writing of this article, we’ve just left behind May now recognized nationally as “Mental Health Awareness Month.”…

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Real Hope Ep. 18 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with Marie Williams

June 8, 2022


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Reducing Homelessness WITHOUT More Housing

June 8, 2022

“We need more housing in our city!” That’s an argument you’ll often hear when debating how to impact homelessness in…

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How Do We Measure Homelessness

June 2, 2022

Homelessness impacts people in communities across our country. Although resources and methods to provide housing are consistently growing and providing…

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Silver Shotgun Shells

May 5, 2022

Wouldn’t it be great if there was one solution that could solve everything? In today’s culture, we tend to seek…

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Real Hope Ep. 17 – Built for Zero Movement with Emma Beers

April 28, 2022

Listen Anywhere You Stream Podcasts APPLE PODCASTS | AMAZON/AUDIBLE | SPOTIFY Host Glenn Cranfield has a conversation with Emma Beers…

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Homelessness is a Bipartisan Issue

April 20, 2022

No matter what city you either live in or visit, there’s a good chance it has a homeless population. The…

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Coping With Trauma as a Volunteer

April 4, 2022

Volunteering to help organizations that serve the homeless population is a wonderful way to give back to your community. And…

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What is Trauma Informed Care?

March 28, 2022

Last month we hosted Becca Stevens, a speaker, social entrepreneur, author, priest, founder of non-profit justice initiatives and President of…

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Real Hope Ep. 16 – Finding Common Ground: Working together and growing in compassion with David Dworkin

March 24, 2022

Listen Anywhere You Stream Podcasts APPLE PODCASTS | AMAZON/AUDIBLE | SPOTIFY Glenn Cranfield welcomes the President and CEO of The…

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How Does Chronic Homelessness Happen?

March 8, 2022

A look at the history of homelessness with Nashville Rescue Mission CEO, Glenn Cranfield. Homelessness is one of the everyday…

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Real Hope Ep. 15 – Empowering Survivors with Thistle Farms’ Becca Stevens

February 18, 2022

Listen Anywhere You Stream Podcasts APPLE PODCASTS | AMAZON/AUDIBLE | SPOTIFY Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope host, Glenn…

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Looking back on 2021

January 18, 2022

This past year has been unique, to say the least. As we look to turn the page into 2022, I…

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Real Hope Ep. 14 – Is There a Cure to Homelessness? with Dr. Beth Shinn

January 5, 2022

Glenn Cranfield sits down with Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Vanderbilt’s Department of Human and Organizational Development Professor Dr. Beth Shinn.…

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How to Help the Homeless Around the Holidays

December 22, 2021

The holiday season is a festive time full of warmth, fond memories, and joy with family and friends. It’s also…

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Cultivating a Habit of Gratefulness

December 20, 2021

The holiday season is in full swing, and one of the things you are likely going to hear a lot…

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The Identity of the Homeless

August 25, 2021

When you see a person holding a cardboard sign on the street corner or huddled under a blanket on a…

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Real Hope Ep. 13 – Growing A Successful Nonprofit with Tari Hughes

August 16, 2021

On this episode of the Real Hope Podcast, Nashville Rescue Mission CEO, Glenn Cranfield, talks with Tari Hughes, CEO of…

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Clinging to God in Post-Pandemic Life

June 14, 2021

The past 15 months have been a rollercoaster for people all over the world as we have navigated the uncertainty…

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Real Hope Ep. 12 – Nashville Rescue Mission Leadership Team

June 9, 2021

On this special episode celebrating the One Year Birthday of the Real Hope Podcast, Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real…

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The Impact of Gentrification in Nashville

May 18, 2021

Over the last decade, I’ve seen a dramatic draw toward Nashville with over 30,000 moving here in one year. That’s…

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Restorative Justice & Criminal Reform in Nashville

May 12, 2021

Most have heard of restoration, but you might not know of restorative justice for criminals. During a recent Real Hope…

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How Trevecca Embraced Their Neighborhood to Impact It

April 22, 2021

As Christians, we often hear the phrase “in the world, but not of it” used to describe how we’re called…

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How We Can Pursue the Meaning of “Trevecca” in Our Daily Lives

April 13, 2021

I’ve lived in Nashville for several years and heard the word “Trevecca” countless times. Trevecca Nazarene University has been a…

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Real Hope Ep. 11 – Restorative Justice with Travis Claybrooks, Founder & CEO of Raphah Institute

April 12, 2021

Download this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope…

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Real Hope Ep. 10 – Shining a Light in Nashville with Dr. Dan Boone

March 30, 2021

Download this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope…

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What Does It Mean to Be Generous in Hard Times?

March 29, 2021

I think most of us want to be generous, especially as Christians. We want to give more than we take…

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How to Kick Fear Out of the Driver’s Seat

March 22, 2021

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the choice to move forward in spite of it. After all, if…

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3 Essential Practices for Successful Entrepreneurs

March 15, 2021

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. The journey is often marked by long hours, sacrificing paychecks and taking…

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Dreams, Disappointments, and Determination

March 8, 2021

“I think God always expects us to use our gifts and we all have different gifts. My gift is the…

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Real Hope Ep. 9 – The Sweet Smell of Hope with Gigi Butler

February 23, 2021

Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope host, Glenn Cranfield, talks with the founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes and Pies by…

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The Power of Creativity

February 18, 2021

Creativity changes the world. And by “creativity,” I don’t just mean the arts, though they are certainly valuable and world-changing.…

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Finding the “Right People” to Turn Your Big Idea into a Success Story

February 12, 2021

Most entrepreneurs I know are dreamers. They have big visions of what could be, and they aren’t held back by…

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Where Passions Lead You

February 8, 2021

We all have passions. We have causes we believe in, hobbies we enjoy, and dreams we hope to accomplish. And…

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Real Hope Ep. 8 – Serving with Creative Passion with Jeremy Cowart

January 28, 2021

Listen to episode 8 of Real Hope with Glenn Cranfield on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Nashville Rescue…

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Real Hope Ep. 7 – Life & Leadership Lessons with Nashville Predators’ CEO, Sean Henry

January 27, 2021

Listen to episode 7 of Real Hope with Glenn Cranfield on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.…

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Bringing Together Hard Work With Contagious Joy

January 19, 2021

I think sometimes people confuse the work of helping others and volunteering with an attitude of solemnity. As if volunteering…

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What It Means to Donate Joy

January 8, 2021

When people think about helping the homeless, their minds typically go straight to meeting physical needs: food, shelter, coats, hygiene…

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Collaboration Over Competition

December 23, 2020

The nonprofit world is different from the for-profit world in many ways, but one major difference is the idea of…

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How Do We Prevent Homelessness?

December 16, 2020

In the latest episode of Real Hope with Glenn Cranfield, I had the opportunity to talk with Mike and Linda…

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How We Can Help the Homeless with Substance Abuse

December 11, 2020

Most people know that substance abuse is a significant issue among the homeless community, but it’s not always understood why.…

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Real Hope Ep. 6 – Mike & Linda Curb’s “WHY”

December 1, 2020

Listen to episode six of Real Hope featuring Mike and Linda Curb on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real…

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3 Reasons Need is Amplified During the Holidays

November 24, 2020

You might have noticed during the holiday season the campaigns for support and volunteers by nonprofits and other service initiatives…

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Building Relational Trust and Forgetting Social Uncertainty

November 16, 2020

Country singers know a thing or two about the simple life: porch swings, making supper with grandma, hanging out under…

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Setting the Right Pace

November 9, 2020

In our country, hustle is king. Since its beginnings, the U.S. has been a place where people are praised for…

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Real Hope Ep. 5 – Talking Turkey (Fry) With Tracy Lawrence

November 3, 2020

Listen to the episode five of Real Hope featuring Tracy Lawrence on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope…

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Moving from Human Suffering to Flourishing

October 23, 2020

At the Mission, we believe every person should have what they need to thrive — not just survive. To us,…

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The Power of Organizational Partnerships

October 15, 2020

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. That’s Proverbs 27:17, and it’s every bit as true for organizations…

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COVID-19’s Impact on Homelessness

October 9, 2020

Everywhere you look, you can see the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have gone remote, businesses have had…

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The Power of Helping One Person

October 7, 2020

If you work in the nonprofit community, you probably hear a lot about programs — whether or not this program…

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Real Hope Ep. 4 – 2020’s Nationwide Impact on the Homeless Community

September 30, 2020

Listen to the episode four of Real Hope featuring John Ashmen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Nashville Rescue Mission CEO…

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Is Fear Calling the Shots in Your Life?

September 21, 2020

Every emotion has value. We use hundreds of words to describe our feelings, but at their core, they can usually…

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Be A Hope Ambassador

September 14, 2020

Loving people isn’t easy. Loving people who are different from you is even harder. During His time on earth, Jesus…

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Availability is Your Biggest Gift

September 10, 2020

Time has always been one of our most precious commodities. We can’t manufacture more, no matter how hard we try.…

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How to Get Out of your Comfort Zone as a Leader

September 4, 2020

You lead a nonprofit because you believe in its mission, right? You believe your work matters—that you’re making a difference…

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Real Hope Ep. 3 – Loving Our Neighbor (with guest, Bob Goff)

August 26, 2020

Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope host Glenn Cranfield talks with New York Times best-selling author and speaker, Bob…

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Is There Substance Abuse Within Most of the Homeless Community?

August 18, 2020

To be direct, no, there is not. The word “most” implies that the majority of people experiencing homelessness have some…

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Why Do Homeless People Sleep In the Streets and Not a Shelter?

August 14, 2020

With homeless shelters available all across the country, it’s fair to wonder why someone might choose to sleep outside, on…

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Why Don’t Homeless People Get a Job?

August 12, 2020

While this question hasn’t come up as much lately because of the pandemic, it is one I frequently hear: “Why…

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Why do people become homeless?

August 6, 2020

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have always had a roof over our head, the idea of…

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Should I give money to someone who is homeless?

August 4, 2020

I’m sure you’ve encountered someone you thought to be homeless. Maybe it’s because they were holding up a cardboard sign…

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Real Hope Ep. 2 – Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding the Homeless Community

July 28, 2020

Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope host Glenn Cranfield talks with Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission in…

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COVID-19 and the Quiet Impact on Homelessness

July 9, 2020

Many of our lives have drastically changed since March when COVID-19 swept the nation. Schools, businesses and our communities were…

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Real Hope Ep. 1 – The Unseen Impact of COVID-19 on the Homeless Population

June 30, 2020

Nashville Rescue Mission CEO and Real Hope host Glenn Cranfield talks to Room in the Inn Executive Director Rachel Hester…

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Help Hydrate the Homeless

June 18, 2020

Between COVID-19 and hot weather on the horizon, Nashville Rescue Mission anticipates it being a difficult summer for our city’s…

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