We work to change the lives of those who need it most.
Learn MoreAbout Our Vision
True You TN is a new nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth to live authentically. It will be the first and only group foster home specifically for LGBTQ+ youth in the southeast. In the short term, we are fundraising to purchase or build a home in Murfreesboro TN, and to provide outreach for those youths that can’t or won’t come into the system. Currently, in TN we are short roughly 4,000 beds in the foster system and up to 78% of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care report being further abused while in the system. Long term, we also plan to include transitional housing for those youths aging out of the foster system and will have a gathering space so that all youth we have served will have a place to come back home to, for celebrations, holidays, or just when they need a little extra love. Yearly, about 23,000 youths age out of foster care each year and about 20% of them will become instantly homeless.
We want the youth we serve to know that they are part of a family, a community that they can always lean on.
To provide outreach to homeless LGBTQ+ youth throughout Tennessee through resource connection, care packages, and creation of a home environment that is safe, accepting, nurturing, and supportive where youth can heal themselves while being themselves.
What we aim to accomplish
Ultimately, our goal is to reduce the number of homeless LGBTQ+ youth, to reduce suicide in the community and to give LGBTQ+ youth in the foster system a safe place to call home.
How we differ from existing resources
There are some really great resources out there, especially in the Nashville area for youth. Where we differ is that
- as of now, there are no long-term homes dedicated to the LGBTQ+ foster population in Tennessee
- in rural counties in Tennessee, LGBTQ+ youth have virtually no resources.
We will be physically be in Rutherford county, so that we can serve a population that doesn’t have access to the amazing things happening in Nashville.