Cumberland University’s athletic staff spent an afternoon last week working at the Next Step Resource Center in Lebanon, moving furniture and sorting donated items for individuals.
The Next Step Resource Center’s mission is to assist the jobless, the homeless and the helpless, especially those released from jail and correctional institutions by providing access to resources for jobs, career and personal development, and supply clothing and other household items to help them reconnect to their community.
The Next Step Resource Center was born from an action and need as seen through the eyes of Julie Hadlock. She would provide rides to people who had no other way of getting back-and-forth to their jobs or to the grocery store. This grew into helping with clothing and household items. Before long, her garage was a makeshift thrift shop without any price tags.
After a year, she and the people who were providing their valuable time to assist in the efforts felt it was the right moment to jump in with both feet. That meant renting a space, which was strategically located in Lebanon as well as large enough to accommodate computer classes, a training room, and warehouse space for the donations.
The donations provided by you are sorted and sent back out into the community to assist people with their next step. The clothing donated provides people with apparel for job interviews and literally puts clothes on people’s backs as they exit incarceration.
The Next Step Resource Center is located at 216-B Leeville Pike in Lebanon and may be contacted at 615-547-9999.