Sing Me Home - Outreach Programs with Dulcimer Music
SING ME HOME, an outreach project from The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc.
I have begun a wonderful journey of outreach programs for underserved/compromised communities in an urban setting.
Working with Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis, I began the first steps by providing calming, meditative music
during the mealtimes for the Room at the Inn ministry. Homeless families are given housing at night at a variety of
churches during the winter months when temperatures are low.
has expanded to include music for Lives Worth Saving, a program that helps women caught in a cycle of prostitution
to be introduced to options for other employment, as well as for The Hospitality Hub, a resource for homeless and underserved
people in downtown Memphis.
Below is a video that was taken during one of
the Room at the Inn events in February 2015.
Donations to Memphis Dulcimer
Gathering, Inc., are tax deductible and will help expand these programs. Please consider including Memphis Dulcimer
Gathering, Inc., in your plans for charitable giving. Send checks to PO Box 224, Moscow, TN 38057 or call 901-877-7763
for more information.
More information is available below the video.
Support Traditional Music and Urban Communities
Beginning in early 2015, MDG, Inc., began a new outreach program
titled Sing Me Home. We have been working with Calvary Church in downtown Memphis to create a program
of dulcimer and folk music for underserved urban communities, including the homeless and those rescued from sex trafficking. The
current focus is providing live, meditative music for events, usually meals, with a goal of adding workshops in
the future. Your help is crucial to the success of this program. Any amount that you can donate is tax deductible
and will go directly to support Sing Me Home.
Room at the Inn is a cooperative program
of various Shelby County churches which provides housing for homeless families during the cold winter months, along with a
nightly meal. While many of us are accustomed to having music, live or recorded, during our meals at restaurants, the
men and women who share shelter and meals with Room at the Inn are fortunate just to have something to eat. They loved
having music played while they ate and visited with each other and with volunteers.
In addition, approximately
twice a month, music is provided at the Hospitality Hub, a resource center for homeless and for those looking for employment. The
visitors have access to computers, phones, lockers for their belongings and counsellors to help them create resumes, make connections
for job interviews, and a variety of other services. While the participants sip coffee and wait for a counsellor
or their turn at the computer, they are given a live performance of meditative music.
On one occasion at
the Hub, Sheldon stopped to talk with me about the music. He was a great singer and had been offered a recording
contract when he was shot in the back during a carjacking and spent the next several years recovering. We sang You are
My Sunshine together and the visitors that day were so happy and supportive.
Lives Worth Saving is a program that
helps those affected by sex trafficking find better lives through counselling, job programs and safe housing. This is
a project involving scores of volunteers from Calvary Church, the judicial system and the police department. Volunteers
and victims of sex abuse meet for education and a meal. Live music provided during these meals adds to
the ambiance and community of the meeting.
No matter where you live, you can contribute
to and support these types of programs with a tax-deductible donation.
Federal Express and many other
employers allow payroll deductions for donations to 501(c)(3) organizations. You can choose for your United Way or other charitable
payroll deductions to be sent to The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc. Please consider making The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering,
Inc., your charity of choice when making your payroll deductions.
Direct contributions are welcome by mailing a
check to MDG, Inc., PO Box 224, Moscow, TN 38057.
Your donations go directly toward promoting dulcimer and folk
events in the Memphis/West Tennessee/North Mississippi/Eastern Arkansas area, including Sing Me Home, hosting traveling
musicians in the area, as well as events at local libraries, nursing homes, churches and schools.