Non-profit Barnabas Vision maybe one of the many organizations impacted by COVID-19, but they continue to help others who may have never expected to need assistance. Below is an interview with David and Marie Coggin, founders of Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro.
Again, to contact the Coggins to learn more about receiving help during this time, call Barnabas Vision at (615) 556-5134. They ask that callers leave a message as they may be on another call due to the extreme need we are currently seeing.
Barnabas Vision told WGNS News they remain committed to serving our community. If it were a "normal" year, this would be the time the Barnabas staff would be sending out invitations to their annual fundraising dinner, but like many agencies, they had to go in another direction.
Each year, a large portion of the non-profit's funding comes from an annual event that is planned in March and later happens in April. Last year the financial contributions equaled 75% of the annual Barnabas Vision budget.
Currently, community needs continue to roll in David Coggin tells us they anticipate that requests will increase. COVID-19 is already hurting families with children on the edge of homelessness by devastating their incomes.
Here's an example of what Barnabas staff are seeing:
"Just today, we met with Sarah whose household income diminished from $7,000 per month to $1,500 overnight due to the layoff-s and closures of businesses. This client, her husband, and their 2 children had moved to TN two years ago in search of a better life and had it until COVID-19 occurred. Our client is a server at a restaurant and her husband works as a traveling technician, with both of their jobs either being reduced greatly or removed all together. They are both currently applying to Kroger and other jobs to fill the income gap. The virus is forcing this family of 4 into homelessness. How can they pay for rent, food and childcare on just $1500 per month?"
End Result: They can't make ends meet, but you can help! Because of donors, Barnabas Vision stepped in and assisted them with their rent, encouragement, and prayer to make it through this difficult time brought on by this virus.
This real-life story highlights what so many in our community, nation, and world are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. Gifts to non-profits in our community like Barnabas Vision will help emergency housing assistance to a mom like Sarah who is unable to pay her rent. It will help families like this avoid homelessness.
David Coggin is the Director of Barnabas Vision and he told WGNS in an email, "I wish I could say that this is the only family in need. We continue to receive an increased number of calls from people affected by COVID-19 and some facing other difficult financial situations. I'm going to be frank with you, there is a great need for financial support from our donors right now, so we can continue to help those who need it the most. We ask that you prayerfully consider a donation that will assist us in helping those in need. We're making it simple for you to do this. Click here to donate now."
Barnabus Vision website: http://thebarnabasvision.org/
Address: 141 Mtcs Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 556-5134