Oasis Center is a non-profit organization that helps young people overcome serious challenges that could easily prevent them from transitioning into a healthy adulthood, including homelessness, violence, depression and low self-esteem, and disconnection from caring adults.
Service area: Primarily Nashville and surrounding counties, but there are no geographical boundaries for services
Work with: Youth (ages 13-21) in crisis, including those who have been sexually abused or assaulted, runaway and homeless youth, and their concerned friends and family
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Crisis intervention via phone or by mail; personal advocacy; assistance with discharge planning; information; and referrals.
Services for survivors after release include: Crisis intervention; individual counseling; group therapy; emergency shelter; street outreach for runaway and homeless youth; transitional housing for youth aged 17-21; after-school service learning projects through the Teen Outreach Program (TOP); Oasis Community Impact (OCI), which works with East Nashville youth to promote educational and economic equity for urban youth, schools, and neighborhoods by cultivating grassroots leadership through youth organizing; Youth United, a group of youth from neighborhoods and schools strongly impacted by violence that work together to help Nashville reject violence and promote peace through youth organizing; and the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council (TYAC), a group of current and former foster youth from the Nashville area who work to improve the lives of youth in the foster care system.
Services for loved ones include: Crisis intervention; family therapy; family mediation; support; housing assistance; information; and referrals.
Fees: Most services are free. A sliding scale is offered for individual, group, and family therapy. No one is turned away for lack of ability to pay.