Re-New at YWCA

Re-New at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee was founded in 2010 to help women who are moving from safety to self-sufficiency create a real HOME for themselves and their families. Re-New furnishes the apartments of some of the women and children who are participating in YWCA's Transitional Housing Program. Clients are selected based on their needs and existing resources. Re-New at YWCA is a completely volunteer-run program.

In addition to furniture donations, dedicated volunteers provide a pantry full of food and stock refrigerator staples prior to the move-in date at each Re-New apartment. Our partner Perenity provides fresh flowers for each home on move-in day.

You may contact Cheryl Hays at hays5@me.com for more information on how to donate or volunteer with Re-New at YWCA.

Click here to view a list of items needed for Re-New at YWCA.

History of Re-New at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

After a mission trip to Africa in 2010 to help orphans, Nashville interior designer Julie Davis knew that the “design bubble world” she had been living in was forever changed. When she crossed paths with the YWCA's former CEO Patricia Glaser Shea, the two formed a powerful partnership and the plans for a program to reuse furniture to renew hope.

Re-New at the YWCA met its volunteer leaders' goal for the first year of fully furnishing six apartments for women and children. Davis is joined by Cheryl Hays, a registered nurse, who felt called to join the Re-New at YWCA cause. Davis says, “Cheryl is the glue of the organization and holds the entire project together. All of the logistical management of Re-New is run by her.” Hays meticulously manages the program’s inventory. “It’s about recycling – if you’re not using it, someone else can. We’re providing a step up and fresh start to these women. We’re making a house into a home,” commented Hays.

Shea, Davis and Hays were amazed by the outpouring of generosity from the Nashville community. While the city was still very much in flood recovery mode following the historic Flood of 2010, Nashvillians stepped up to kick start the Re-New program. 

Davis’ trip to Africa was truly a fateful journey, and it has ultimately allowed many other women to embark on new journeys of change and hope. Re-New empowers women in our community by giving them a home and a new beginning.