MORE THAN JUST SCREEN PRINTING
Matthew Blinco and Derek Evans allowed me the opportunity to come behind the scenes of their philanthropic apparel company located in East Nashville. I had never met Matt before but owned a Project 615 t-shirt. I tagged their shirt on Instagram anytime I wore it on shoots, and here we are! I can’t say I’ve ever experienced anything like that day. Driving over there that sunny afternoon I really didn’t know what to expect. All I really knew before hand was Set Free Ministries is home to 40 or so homeless men of diverse backgrounds. Project 615 shares space with Set Free Ministries in a beautifully warn and aged church just a few blocks from my home. The moment I arrived I was greeted with a smile and a handshake and a “How’s your day going?” and showed me where to go. Matt gave me a brief tour of the property, told me about Set Free Ministries, and then took me downstairs to watch a couple of the guys make shirts. Both of them are employees of Project 615 and were rehabilitated through Set Free Ministries. They both have very unique stories of where life has taken them. Everyone there was so welcoming and pleasant to talk to. Even the intern Tayler seemed really happy to be working there. And just as the tag on the shirt says:
“Profits from this shirt go towards rehabilitating the local homeless in Nashville, TN. Project615.org Matthew 25:40.”
Be sure to check them out and buy a shirt and wear it proudly.
A FRESH START
Set Free Ministries in East Nashville is home to roughly 40 homeless men. All with different backgrounds, stories, and personal struggles. Set Free Ministries gives them shelter, food, and purpose. They have bible studies every day multiple times. They live together, study together, and work together. The Wednesday I came to attend their church service I ran into David. Super nice guy, with probably one of the coolest mustaches I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I asked him how he was, I think his answer was “Blessed and forgiven.” David was kind of the go to guy from what I saw while church was in service. He for sure had way more energy than I did, even though I had previously just downed two cups of coffee at Ugly Mugs. I didn’t get to hear much of his story since he seemed to have responsibilities while service was driving on. I also met a guy named Keith who lives and has gone through the rehabilitation program at Set Free Ministries. He is also the new preacher at the church. Had a beautiful message about salvation and the power of Jesus. I love how he pushed and challenged everyone to grow and persist in their walk.