Franklin mayor urges community to aid search for GraceWorks Ministries site

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore is asking the city's community to help find a new home for Graceworks Ministries Inc., a nonprofit group that is facing the loss of its headquarters in June 2023. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Nerwspaper)
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore is asking the city's community to help find a new home for Graceworks Ministries Inc., a nonprofit group that is facing the loss of its headquarters in June 2023. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Nerwspaper)

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore is asking the city's community to help find a new home for Graceworks Ministries Inc., a nonprofit group that is facing the loss of its headquarters in June 2023. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Nerwspaper)

Citing the group’s history of helping the city’s needy, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore is calling on the community to find a new site to house GraceWorks Ministries Inc., a non-profit ministry facing the loss of space it has occupied for the past 20 years.

A letter written by Moore and dated Dec. 27 was shared by Graceworks Ministries Inc. alongside its own announcement on its continued need to relocate before next summer. Graceworks announced last year the building where it is headquartered at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, had been sold to a California-based company Flexmet, which gave the organization permission to stay until June 2023.

In his letter, Moore asked Franklin's community groups, including businesses, property owners and churches, to help identify potential sites or donate land or space to the group.

“I am asking citizens who have called Franklin home forever and newcomers to help GraceWorks continue to call Franklin home,” Moore’s letter said. “Our community would be different if not for their 26 years here, and it will be different if their ministry leaves.”

Graceworks runs a community resource center that serves more than 11,000 individuals a year and is facing a time crunch to find and retrofit a site for the relocation, the nonprofit said in the accompanying announcement. In the community since 1995, the organization provides food and rent support as well as school supplies, Christmas presents and holiday meal baskets for residents in need, according to the organization.


Graceworks is seeking a space for lease of at least 40,000 square feet that includes or could accommodate two truck bays, warehouse space, offices, a conference room, a retail operation and 300-plus parking spaces to continue its mission, Moore's letter continued.

A feasibility study by the nonprofit after the 2021 sale of its building concluded the necessary funding to build a purpose-built facility was too much and that it should seek an existing space, according to the group.

Moore’s letter asserts that a 6-acre land donation in the city would allow the nonprofit to build a new permanent home.

“Graceworks joins our frontline to combat any crises our community faces,” Moore’s letter said. “Graceworks needs our help as they face homelessness. It is our turn to serve this nonprofit that has loved our community so well for 26 years.”

The letter concludes asking interested donors to contact GraceWorks CEO Valencia Breckenridge about potential relocation sites or land donations. Breckenridge can be reached at [email protected] or 615-794-9055, ext. 138.

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