Black History Month 2020

Please join our staff as we celebrate Memphians who led the way in work, financial literacy and education- our pillars which contribute to financial stability.  Print our list and share with family and friends!


Love Feast 2020


Advance Memphis posts Impact Assessment Report

December 31, 2019 —Advance Memphis is pleased to announce publication on their website of an Impact Assessment for the years 2017-2019 performed by Slingshot Memphis ( Advance Memphis is proud to be one of the first four local non-profits that Slingshot partnered with in 2017. The report presents, “Advance Memphis earns an ‘at least strong’ rating on two of the four dimensions” analyzed in the assessment: benefit-cost ratio, use of best practices, and measurement infrastructure. Steve Nash, Executive Director, comments, ”We are thankful for the board and staff of Slingshot Memphis and their significant work in Memphis.  Partnership with Slingshot continues to impact and improve Advance Memphis’ infrastructure which supports our programs, resulting in highly relational long term work- our foundation.  They understand that the humanity and dignity of the gifted men and women we serve cannot be reduced to numbers.  Advance Memphis staff appreciates Slingshot and their expertise and relational approach to improving our work as we strive to bring economic stability to South Memphis through empowering our neighbors.”

Slingshot, in the Impact Assessment, states that the benefits of Advance Memphis exceed costs, that best practices are being used and developed, and that there is a strong measurement infrastructure. Further, the report reveals how difficult it can be to make systemic impact on poverty in Memphis though the lives of many individuals are being transformed.

Slingshot Impact Assessment: Advance Memphis

For more information contact Kelsey Martin, Community Engagement Manager, at or access the website at

Advance Memphis, founded in 1999, empowers adults in South Memphis to break cycles of unemployment, establish economic stability, reconcile relationships, and restore dignity through knowledge, resources, and skills by the power of Jesus Christ. 

Advance Memphis is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the IRS. IRS Code: Section 501(c)(3) Tax Identification Number: 621778254.


Join us for a “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” lunch & learn Dec. 5, 12 – 1:30

We have all experienced situations in our lives that have negatively affected the way we engage in relationships, in work and in other areas of our lives. Join us for a lunch and learn discussing Bible-based trauma healing and ways that we can better care for ourselves and walk alongside our neighbors and friends. Click here for more information about Bible-based trauma healing.


20th Anniversary Celebration highlights Hope for Urban Community

Capturing the story of the first 20 years of Advance Memphis happened through the hard work of chairman Bryn Wilson.  We are thankful for her hard work in capturing God’s faithfulness to South Memphis long before Advance Memphis began.  View the storyboards using the link below:


Q2 2019 Newsletter

Celebrate with us our 20 years of bringing hope to urban community.  


The importance of businesses personal involvement in the non-profit sector and the positive effects it has on cause-related marketing.

Congratulations to Dr. Parker Woodroof, Advance Memphis volunteer, for publishing this important article on the importance of businesses personal involvement in the non-profit sector and the positive effects it has on cause-related marketing. We appreciate the businesses who contribute to Advance Memphis in creative ways.


Art for Jobs and our 20th Anniversary Celebration Sponsor Packet

Are you interested in being a sponsor for Art for Jobs and our 20th Anniversary Celebration?


2019 Q1 Newsletter


Dear Friends: From our Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The Lord is always right on time.  After questioning and dreaming during a lunch meeting, a business owner asks his wife about selling a warehouse.  Next thing I know, we are closing on that warehouse with grant money to fund it.  We now own two warehouses!

The reason Advance Memphis is ecstatic to have a second warehouse with 66,000 square feet is because of all the opportunities for our South Memphis neighbors to work in their neighborhood AND to support businesses in our city. Versant Supply Chain, a prior customer in our Suzette warehouse, contacted us wanting more space.  Our 960 Bellevue warehouse has dedicated space for the Work Life elective- Automotive Maintenance taught by a volunteer from Harvest Church, Jeremy Brummer.  This picture of  the local church sharing its gifts and strengthening the body of Christ encourages us as we labor.  Another Work Life elective, Forklift Training & Certification, utilizes a shipping container, racking, and a taller ceiling. Not only are we preparing South Memphians for skilled labor jobs; our city benefits from an increased number of forklift operators.

Join us in prayer during this season with the many expenses to make the warehouse operational.  The investment in a second warehouse continues to give us a stronger and unique mix of funding including self-generated income, grants, and donations while providing more employment opportunities for our graduates in our target community and fulfilling our mission.  We have seen success in the growth of our warehousing endeavors as our Suzette warehouse currently operates successfully with 91% self-generated income.  Please consider donating today to support repairs and expanding our current fire sprinkler system to include the entire building.  In addition, as we seek to build a stronger donor base while strengthening cash flow, would you consider joining our team as a $20 or more  monthly donor?

Thanks for considering our financial needs but please don’t neglect prayer for Advance Memphis.  Aslan is on the move.  We are thankful hearts are being transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ at Advance Memphis.

Advancing Memphis Together,