Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee Unlocks New Opportunities

5 / February / 2019

Nashville, Tenn. - In March 2018, Hunter Moss (Nashville/Strategic Communications) raced to call Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee to tell them $2,500 was headed their way. This would help fund their Adult Education Program, thanks to Barge Design Solutions Community Fund.

Employees, like Hunter, are often already involved in the trenches of these organizations, volunteering time and resources to something bigger than themselves. The firm’s Community Fund provides employees a way to support local organizations with a mission to impact their community. Over $200,000 have been donated to employee-nominated organizations by Barge Design Solutions.

Hunter’s journey with Begin Anew piggybacks on his family’s legacy involvement, but it also magnifies an urgent desire to pay it forward and help someone start over. Hunter is a board member and frequently volunteers his communication specialties in order to further Begin Anew's mission in Greater Nashville.

Begin Anew, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serves men and women of Middle Tennessee, ages 18-56, whose income meets the federal guidelines for poverty. Most students are foreign-born residents or refugees who have resettled. Every day these families face impossible choices: purchasing food or medicine, getting to work or paying the heating bill, repairing the car or paying for rent. This can cause them to feel hopeless and lack the resources, training, or support to change their circumstances.

(ABOVE: Hunter Moss with then Begin Anew Executive Director Becky Sumrall)


(Begin Anew celebrated 39 graduates at Eastland Baptist Church in December 2018)

Every dollar makes a difference. Begin Anew helps students obtain self-sufficiency through education and job training to remove any barriers that may keep them from pursuing higher education or employment for a livable wage. Donations from companies like Barge Design Solutions makes free childcare and curriculum possible. 

Services are free and include tracks such as High School Equivalency, English Language, and Computer/Job Skills training. But it all starts with the belief that everyone deserves a second chance. Enrollment is  open to persons of all faiths and culture.