Empower Me challenged community members to make a $1,000 gift to help it finish the first phase of the Empower Me Center project.
Phase one will allow Empower Me to buy 26 acres of land on South Hartmann Drive, build two cottages to temporarily operate its programs and build a splash pad, adaptive playground and Garden of Dreams.
“We are so grateful to [Former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe] and the entire Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association for their support. Sheriff Ashe has witnessed our programs in action and has always been so very supportive of us,” said Empower Me Center director Michelle Hill.
Empower Me Center has raised $1.6 million to date through in-kind gifts and cash contributions.
“The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association is very excited about helping this project. When we moved our state home office to Lebanon, it was our sheriff’s wishes to commit some of our resources back to the community. As sheriff for years, I watched this agency continue to move forward while serving those who have so much less. I believe it is a true calling for those who give so much time and efforts to the project,” said Ashe, who is currently the executive director of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association.
Hill said it’s not too late to participate in the $1,000 Challenge for Champions. Individuals in the community are asked to either make a one-time donation of $1,000 or sign up to make a $100 gift for the next 10 months through the Empower Me Center website, empowermecenter.com.
“There are over 4,000 individuals with disabilities in Wilson County. In the 10 Middle Tennessee counties we serve, there are over 28,000. We are thankful for everyone’s support over the past 19 years as we strive to put smiles on these special faces and make their lives more fulfilling,” Hill said.