Supporting Women & Families

Supporting Women & Families Supporting Women & Families

Our Vision for the Mid-South laid out in the Community Foundation's Community Investment Principles encourages us to "create a just and equitable region where all individuals and groups receive the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential, and where identity and geography do not determine their outcomes." That vision will not become reality if women and families cannot access opportunities to thrive.

According to the 2020 American Community Survey completed by the U.S. Census Bureau, in the Memphis metropolitan area, an estimated 39.1% of families in which a woman is the head of the household live below the poverty line. In Memphis proper, 34.7% of woman-led families live in poverty.

This region is home to several strong, effective nonprofit organizations that meet the unique needs of women and families across our community. Explore below to view profiles that include information about agencies' mission, staff and board, major programs, and finances. You can donate to the organizations directly from their profiles.

* Denotes executive director/CEO of color

    A Step Ahead Foundation*

    A Step Ahead Foundation empowers women to reach their life goals by eliminating barriers to voluntary, long-acting, reversible birth control through educational programming, services, and funding.

    Agape Child and Family Services

    Agape Child & Family Services, Inc.'s mission is to be a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to providing children and families with healthy homes. This mission is carried out through school-based initiatives and site-based services in under-resourced communities; counseling; homeless services; adoption and foster care.

    Apple Seeds, Inc.*

    Apple Seeds, Inc.'s mission is to enhance mental wellness and aim to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. The agency provides emotional and educational support to moms (before, during, and after pregnancy), moms-to-be, and individuals regardless of their ability to pay for mental health services.

    Arkwings Foundation

    The mission of Arkwings is to nurture mind, body, and spirit wellness in order to build a stronger community. The Frayser organization offers free programs for adults and youth.

    Birthright of Memphis, Inc.

    Birthright of Memphis is a pro-life pregnancy counseling center that offers pregnancy testing, classes, maternity and baby clothing, and contact with other community resources that meet women's needs.


    The mission of CasaLuz is to prevent and reduce domestic violence and other violent crimes in the Spanish-speaking community and to promote equal access to justice and other services. It is the first and only nonprofit in the Greater Memphis that culturally and exclusively serves Hispanic/Latinx victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, harassment, and other violent crimes.


    CHOICES provides patient-centered medical care and champions sexual and reproductive rights.

    Christ Community Health Services*

    Christ Community Health Services provides high-quality healthcare to the underserved in the context of distinctly Christian service. It is the largest primary care provider for the medically underserved in Memphis.

    Church Health

    Church Health seeks to reclaim the Church's biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits. The agency provides quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families.

    Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Inc.

    The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality provides temporary housing and support services for homeless families in Memphis. Working with other local agencies, staff members and volunteers provide families in need with a safe environment and the means to re-establish their independence.

    Dress for Success Memphis*

    The mission of Dress for Success Memphis is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

    Ella Bebe Angels*

    Ella Bebe Angels' mission is healing survivors from the effects of domestic violence. The agency aids domestic violence survivors and families experiencing homelessness and provides support to those making the transition from abusive situations to independent living.

    Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County*

    The mission of the Family Safety Center is to build a community where domestic violence victims can survive, heal, and thrive. The agency collaborates with a range of organizations to provide a comprehensive set of victim services in a coordinated manner.

    Freeman Outreach Center*

    Freeman Outreach Center is passionate about building stronger families by empowering children and families to effectively deal with behavioral, social, and emotional needs. Its comprehensive programs focus on meeting the foundational needs of families to strengthen the family unit as a whole and enhance lives.

    Friends For Life Corporation

    Friends for Life's mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and help people affected by HIV/AIDS live well. Its holistic, client-centered approach provides a variety of services coordinated through one centralized model.

    Grace House of Memphis Tennessee

    Grace House's mission is to empower women and families by removing barriers and restoring hope. The agency welcomes and offers support to women seeking treatment for their alcohol and substance use disorders, trauma, and co-occurring mental disorders through a full continuum of services.

    Growing Up Knowing

    The mission of Growing Up Knowing is to promote healthy life decisions through family education and community partnerships. It engages young people and their families in real conversations about sexual health and preventing abuse.

    Hope House

    The mission of Hope House is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by HIV and poverty. It provides nationally accredited early childhood education services and serves families through a variety of social services.

    I Am My Sister's Keeper*

    I Am My Sister's Keeper's mission is to alleviate many of the stressors which prevent single mothers from becoming successful, through the provision of affordable housing, child care, tutoring, and access to healthy meals.

    Indomitable Families Affected by Incarceration*

    Indomitable Families Affected By Incarceration seeks to empower families and individuals affected by incarceration by promoting a healthy well-being and minimizing societal barriers. It provides resource assistance services and group therapy sessions.

    Kindred Place

    Kindred Place's mission is to end family violence. It is a counseling and parenting education center for both adults and children, helping individuals and families navigate the challenges of partnerships and parenting to build stronger connections, improve communications, and resolve conflicts peacefully.

    Knowledge Quest*

    Knowledge Quest's mission is to vigorously equip youth to maximize their potential through intellectual and character development. It responds to the needs of the community through helping to stabilize homes, providing access to health, and by making the clear path to opportunities for families.

    Lisieux Community

    The mission of Lisieux Community is to provide support and education for women who have survived trauma, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets. It serves women on the streets who are not yet ready to live in a residential community because their past has taught them not to trust easily. The agency's goal is to meet their immediate needs, while showing them that other choices are available to them.

    Memphis Area Women's Council

    The Memphis Area Women's Council advocates for women and girls in Memphis and Shelby County to eliminate barriers, fill gaps, and change policies and systems toward full safety, justice and equity. It connects research with activists who raise a collective voice to make change in local policies and practices that limit the success of women and girls.

    Memphis Child Advocacy Center

    The Memphis Child Advocacy Center's mission is to serve children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse through prevention, education, and intervention. The agency supports safety for children through research-informed prevention, community collaboration, and a team approach to safety and healing.

    Memphis Family Connection Center

    Memphis Family Connection Center provides holistic therapeutic care for families and individuals. Through its multidisciplinary integrated model of care, the agency walks with its clients on the journey from simple survival to deep connection, awareness, and joy.

    Moxie Way*

    MoXie Way's mission is to provide a safe environment for youth through leadership programs that help them to learn, grow, and inspire others. The agency offers direct educational-inspired consulting services held in individualized and small group settings within the community.

    My Cup of Tea, Inc.

    My Cup of Tea's mission is to walk with women beyond the boundaries of poverty and neglect and assist them in finding their purpose. The agency is a social enterprise, located in Orange Mound, that provides meaningful employment and builds job skills in a supportive environment, helping guide women out of poverty.

    One by One Ministries

    One by One Ministries mentors and educates new moms to parent well so that children thrive. The agency equips volunteers from local churches to mentor expectant parents or parents with brand new babies.


    OUTMemphis empowers, connects, educates, and advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of the Mid-South. Its work is organized into three pillars: Health & Wellness, Youth & Families, and Community & Culture.

    Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi

    Planned Parenthood's mission is to improve health and well-being by providing high-quality, nonjudgmental sexual health care, honest and accurate sexuality education, and reproductive health and rights advocacy.

    Prime Time Parenting*

    The mission of Prime Time Parenting is to increase parenting skills and techniques to improve the overall outcome of children and parents to become contributing members of society. It provide parents/guardians with skills to help enrich the educational success of their children by providing useful skills to support schools and students.

    Sister Supply*

    Sister Supply's mission is to provide pads, tampons, and underwear to menstruators in need. It aims to supply the need, destigmatize menstruation, and educate about reusable products.

    Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry*

    Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministries' mission is to meet the basic needs of mothers by providing diapers, wipes, hygiene supplies, and other necessities for their babies and improving their quality of life. It is one of only two diaper banks servicing Tennessee.

    Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc

    Thistle and Bee exists to help women who have survived sex trafficking, prostitution, and addiction thrive. It offers a residential program where survivors can heal. They also learn to make products or take care of bees, earning a living while building marketable skills to help start a new chapter.

    The Women's Advocacy Center*

    The Women's Advocacy Center's mission is to empower and support survivors of domestic abuse in East Shelby County by educating them on how to gain economic independence and form healthy relationships, while stabilizing their families and strengthening their faith.

    Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis*

    The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.