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Did you know that 40% of the people who live in our neighborhood are Latino? To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we are hosting a Community Fiesta at Carpenter's Square on September 29. We love our neighbors and we want to celebrate, support, and serve them. Beginning at 8:00 am a variety of vendors, entertainment, and activities will be happening in the front of Carpenter’s Square. Entertainment and activities begins at 10:00 am while vendors will open at 8:00 am. The festivities continue until 3:00 pm.

As Nashville’s diversity continues to grow, so does the diversity of our community. We are blessed to know people from many countries, cultures, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. As evidenced in our local schools, the Latino community is especially on the rise. It is estimated by 2040 that 60% of our community will be Latino. Along with this increase comes many needs and opportunities to serve. So what are we doing at Carpenter’s Square to serve our Latino community?

One group we partner with is Casa de la Cultura Latino Americana. They have been with Carpenter’s Square for over three years with their offices in our building. They have served the Latino community for over a decade. This dedicated group provides ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, Hi-SET (GED preparation classes), and sponsors many events for our community. We are honored to walk alongside Mayra Yu and her team as they serve our Latino community.

We also are the rehearsal home to Ballet Folklórico Sol de México, a dance group who practice weekly at Carpenter’s Square. This group, headed by Grecia Rodriguez, performs all over the city and shares the rich and beautiful culture of traditional Mexican dance.

And this fall we are sponsoring one of the first bilingual Girl Scout troops in Middle Tennessee. The Girl Scouts of America has hired a full-time Latino Coordinator, Sofia Guerrero, who has translated all of their materials into Spanish and who is establishing bilingual troops in our community. Our leaders, Megan Moore and Jacky Gomez, are bilingual and will be meeting with girls at Carpenter’s Square on Saturday mornings.

Restore Small Groups, another nonprofit housed at Carpenter’s Square, reaches the Latino community by providing groups that promote hope and healing through Restauración. Betsy Swann is the Global Development Specialist with Restore who heads up the Latino groups. She trains facilitators who then begin groups within the Latino community. She also translated Restore’s book and curriculum into Spanish to better serve this community.

As we grow, so will our services to the Latino community. Morning ESL classes, various workshops in Spanish, and services for First Generation college students are a few of the programs being planned. At Carpenter’s Square we are building foundations that point to Jesus for everyone in our community. We recognize the diversity of our community and want to reach out to the nations that God has brought to us.

If you are interested in serving our Latino community, please contact us at 615-730-5606 or go here and sign up to volunteer.

¡Que Dios le bendiga! May God bless you!

Continuing the Legacy of Kyle and "His Boys"

The Second Annual Kyle Hutchison Memorial 3 X 3 Tournament is Saturday, October 6. We are looking for sponsors to help us continue the legacy begun by Kyle in 2001.  Kyle worked with "his boys" as a coach of a YES basketball team and soon a special bond formed that extended over the next six years. Kyle invested his time and energy into the young men on a daily basis. He promised them that if they worked hard at school he would help them go to college. Tragically, Kyle's life was cut short while his boys were juniors and seniors in high school. Kyle's friends and family picked up the banner and completed his dream of funding college educations for those boys who took that path.

Today, Carpenter's Square continues the work that Kyle started many years ago.  Over the past few years, we have helped many young people with scholarships, affordable housing, mentoring, vocational direction and in many other areas to help better their futures. One of the things that we do to honor Kyle's memory is to host a memorial 3 on 3 basketball tournament each year with proceeds going to our scholarship fund.

If you would like to partner with us as we provide needed scholarships to students, you have the opportunity to be a sponsor in this year’s tournament.  All monies received from any level of sponsorship are tax deductible and will be used to scholarship young adults as they take their next steps in higher education.

Contact Joe@carpenterssquare.org if you are interested in partnering with us as a sponsor as we serve the youth in our community this fall and into the future! 

PLATINUM - $5000.00

By selecting this level of sponsorship, you would be the title sponsor of the event. There will only be one sponsor on this level. An example of this level of marketing is: “Carpenter’s Square is happy to be hosting the second annual Kyle Hutchison Memorial 3X3 Basketball Tournament brought to you by [TITLE SPONSOR].

You would be featured on all print materials from the event programs to the player’s jerseys. We will also give you a FULL PAGE of ad space in the program.  Advertising must be approved by Carpenter’s Square Staff. We will also offer you a table to display your marketing materials at the event.

This level also provides a banner complete with your logo/branding displayed in the Kyle Hutchison Center for a full year. Estimated banner size is 3’ x 5’. Note: Banner content and graphics must be approved by Carpenter’s Square staff.

You will be featured as the title sponsor on all digital ads and or posts.

Your businesses and logo will be recognized on the Carpenter’s Square website as a PLATINUM LEVEL sponsor for the next year.

GOLD - $2500.00

By selecting this level of sponsorship, you will have the second level of sponsorship for the event. There is a maximum of two sponsors for this level.

You will be featured in the event program as a GOLD LEVEL sponsor. We will also give you a HALF PAGE of ad space in the program. Advertising must be approved by Carpenter’s Square Staff. We will also offer you a table to display your marketing materials at the event.

This level also provides a banner complete with your logo/branding displayed in the Kyle Hutchison Center for a full year.. Estimated banner size is 1.5’ x 2.5’. Note: Banner content and graphics must be approved by Carpenter’s Square staff.

You will be featured in some of the digital ads and posts about the tournament.

Your businesses and logo will be recognized on the Carpenter’s Square website as a GOLD LEVEL sponsor for the next year.

SILVER - $1000.00

By selecting this level of sponsorship, you will be the third level of sponsorship for the event. There is a maximum of four sponsors on this level.

You will be featured in the event program as a SILVER LEVEL sponsor. We will also mention you in the event program as one of our silver sponsors.

You will be featured in the event program as a SILVER LEVEL sponsor. In addition, you will receive a QUARTER PAGE of ad space in the program. Advertising must be approved by Carpenter’s Square Staff. We will also offer you a table to display your marketing materials at the event. Your businesses and logo will be recognized on the Carpenter’s Square website as a SILVER LEVEL sponsor for the next year.

BRONZE - $500.00

By selecting this level of sponsorship, you will be the fourth level of sponsorship for the event. There is no maximum on the number of bronze level sponsorships.

You will be featured in the event program as a BRONZE LEVEL sponsor. We will mention you in the event program as one of our silver sponsors.

You will be recognized as a BRONZE LEVEL sponsor on the Carpenter’s Square website.

Saying "Yes" to What We Do Best

One of my favorite sayings is: "When you say 'yes' to something, you say 'no' to everything else." When I came to Carpenter's Square almost six months ago, I could see that we did a lot of things to serve our community.  However, with a small staff and limited resources this often stretched us to the limits and made it difficult to know what was a priority. My focus became: What can we do well with God-honoring excellence so that we can say "yes" to what we do best?  What I found was what we do best at Carpenter's Square falls into four areas: youth, literacy, recovery, and community outreach.  We do these things very well in our community and we are concentrating on doing them with excellence while keeping our eyes on Jesus. 

In the youth area we offer programs such as our Foundations program this summer for kids in our community. Every Wednesday this summer from 4-7 pm, Joe Hemphill, our Youth Programs Coordinator, and our staff provide games, bible lessons, crafts, cultural speakers, dinner, and a bag of food for each child to take home.  Other areas we serve youth is through scholarships and affordable housing for college students. The Next Level Basketball Skills Academy at Carpenter's Square with Jeremy Pope offers basketball training and college readiness.  We sponsored two sports camps this summer--one In collaboration with Lipscomb University and the other with Chris Taft Ministries. During the winter months we team with Trevecca University and offer a futsal (indoor soccer) league for immigrant and refugee youth. We know that knowledge, along with strong mentors and spiritual guidance, will help the youth in our community excel and strive to achieve a higher education and beyond.

Our literacy programs include ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED classes through Casa de la Cultura that has an office on our campus.  We also offer weekly citizenship classes. Helping our neighbors achieve literacy through ESL or tutoring is an area we will be expanding as we know this is the path to better jobs and a better life for our neighbors who were born here or are from another country.

With over 500 people already walking through our doors to attend Alcoholics Anonymous support group meetings, we see the need for recovery programs every day. There are nine AA meetings a week that meet at Carpenter's Square.  Our newest occupant and family member of Carpenter's Square, Restore Small Groups, provides healing communities around the world with their Journey to Freedom books and curriculum written by Scott Reall. This added dimension to the recovery process points people to Jesus in a small group setting.  The program is translated into Spanish, French, German, and Swahili. The first Spanish group, Restauración, begins next week at Carpenter's Square with more groups in English and Spanish to follow. 

Finally, our community outreach encompasses our special one-time events that reach out and provide needed services to those who live nearby, as well as providing events that celebrate the many cultures and rich diversity in our neighborhood.  We offer free community lunches every Tuesday and Wednesday, a back-to-school event where we give free supplies to area students, a community Christmas party, cultural celebrations, and health and dental clinics throughout the year including an upcoming clinic sponsored by Siloam Health for the Congolese community. We look for opportunities to serve by providing a safe and Christ-centered space for weddings, funerals, and other needs in our building. Christ for the Nations Church also meets at Carpenter's Square serving the nations in our community.

By focusing on the four areas of youth, literacy, recovery, and community outreach we can say "yes" to what we do best: loving our neighbors, serving our community, and meeting specific needs while shining our lights for Christ in the South Nashville community.  

 

 

 

 

Going to the Next Level

Carpenter's Square was founded on the legacy of Kyle Hutchison and his desire to help a group of young men succeed through spiritual mentoring, sportsmanship, and the hope of attending college and earning a degree. When Kyle passed away suddenly at age 33, a group of men stepped in to keep the dream of Kyle and "his boys" alive. Today we have hundreds of young people pass through the doors of the Kyle Hutchison Center at Carpenter's Square as they learn to play basketball, receive mentoring and spiritual guidance, and get on the path to earning a college degree.

Kyle's dream continues.

Scholarships, mentoring, and affordable housing are a big part of what we do at Carpenter's Square. Now we are going to the next level with the addition of Coach Jeremy Pope and his Next Level Skills Basketball Program at Carpenter's Square.  

Raised in Westerville, Ohio, Jeremy Pope moved to Nashville in 2014 after earning his bachelors degree in physical education from Goshen College and a masters degree in sports management from Lasell College. He was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school, but basketball was his love. After playing basketball for Goshen College for four years, he stuck around to do college admissions for athletes and urban students that were considering Goshen College. Through his love of education and basketball, Next Level Skills Basketball Academy was developed to prepare student athletes all around the Nashville area to be successful at the college level off and on the court.

The program provides on-the-court workouts, then uses college prep meetings, information packets, and intentional conversations to prepare student athletes and their families for the ups and downs of being a collegiate student athlete in order to earn a college degree. 

Jeremy works full-time with youth at the Franklin YMCA and then several afternoons a week he comes to Carpenter's Square to pour into the lives of 30 these first generation students.  As we work together in the lives of these students, Carpenter's Square will provide mentoring, spiritual formation, and assist with college readiness skills such as a FAFSA application day, mock interviews, scholarships, and business dress and etiquette workshops.

This partnership ensures that as we continue to grow, connect, and reach out to our community, that Kyle's legacy of love and service will also continue to grow, connect and reach the youth he cared for and loved so much.

Welcome to Carpenter's Square, Coach Jeremy Pope and Next Level Skills Basketball Academy!

Lisa Steele