A Message about Covid-19 from our Executive Director

To our consumers, partners, friends, and supporters: 

Just over a month ago, a devastating tornado ripped through our community and changed the lives and livelihoods of many of our neighbors. We, at Empower Tennessee, were no different. While no one from our staff was injured or experienced significant damage related to the storm, our office building, in the Five Points area of East Nashville, did. As an agency, thankfully, we didn’t lose any of our equipment or files; but since that day, we’ve been operating remotely with our staff reaching out to consumers to ascertain needs and linking others in the community to recovery resources. I commend our staff in their compassionate and nimble response. I also thank the many, many friends and partners who have offered help. Changes like this can be challenging for so any — especially people with disabilities. We’re here with and for you. 

As March progressed, we all began to experience the growing threat of COVID-19. Each day brought news that was often surreal for us all as we experienced runs on supplies, social distancing, economic hardship, and, for some, illness. Because we were already working remotely following the tornado, we were fortunate enough not to have to shift as abruptly as so many other businesses. We’ve also taken advantage of Zoom and other technologies to keep in touch with each other and our community. Again, our staff have been outstanding in this circumstance and have been innovative in their work to empower people with disabilities during these days and every day. We know this pandemic is serious for us all; but especially for those within the disability community. We’re here with and for you. 

So, while our work is considered essential, we continue to work remotely. We remain available to our consumers and partners, as needed. Here are ways you can keep in touch: 

  • email us at info@empowertn.org
  • call us at 615-292-5803 or 615-200-2068;
  • mail us at P.O. Box 292555; Nashville, TN 37229; 
  • send a message through the Contact button on our website. 

Please be patient as we respond to calls and messages; but be assured that we will be in contact with you. 

Also, please see the links below for more information about tornado recovery resources, as well as information about COVID-19 and ways to keep yourself and your family safe and secure during this time of change. 

As always, please let us know how we can empower you. 

Be safe, Be well. Be empowered. 

Brandon Brown
Executive Director