Nashville, Tennessee, is a place where you can feel at home. That’s in part thanks to vibrant small businesses like NashCo Furniture, which focuses on making high-quality furniture available at affordable prices. NashCo Furniture turns the houses of Nashville into homes, but it also goes one step further, supporting homeless veterans with opportunities for a fresh start.
NashCo Furniture works closely with another Tennessee organization called Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN). OSDTN provides important services for veterans and their families, including job training, housing, VA benefits counseling and homelessness prevention. These services help veterans transition from their military careers to the civilian world. It’s a transition that many veterans struggle with, as they cope with physical or mental disabilities, try to transfer their skills to a new labor market and navigate the extensive paperwork required to obtain benefits.
Among its many valuable services, OSDTN operates a thrift store called 12th Avenue Thrift. The store sits in Nashville’s Edgehill neighborhood, a part of the city that has struggled to maintain its affordable environment in recent years. At the thrift store, OSDTN employs veterans who develop the skills needed to thrive in a retail business. Those veteran employees are also paired with an employment counselor in an effort to find permanent employment. Finally, veterans who work at the thrift store earn vouchers that can be used to obtain items from the store, including clothing, furniture, small appliances and more, at no cost.
For NashCo Furniture, the 12th Avenue Thrift store is an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way. The locally owned furniture store donates items to be stocked in the thrift store, keeping a steady inventory available for the store’s customers and veterans. Anthony Moore, owner of NashCo Furniture, says this arrangement only makes sense.
“These men and women are laying their lives on the line every single day for us to have the opportunity to do what I do,” Moore says. “There’s really nothing else to be said other than, ‘How can we help?’”
As Memorial Day approaches, the sacrifice that veterans and their families make is appropriately top of mind. Through a continued connection with OSDTN, that sacrifice is never far from the minds and the work of the NashCo Furniture team.
For more information about NashCo Furniture, visit www.nashcofurniture.com.
This story is part of our ongoing ‘Local Memories, Lasting Impact’ series that highlights small, locally owned businesses and the differences they make in their communities.