Martha O'Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization founded in 1894, serving East Nashville and the city core. The Center provides twenty programs at 11 sites to more than 10,000 individuals and families in poverty each year. Focused on high-quality public education, employment training and placement, and wrap-around family services, Martha O'Bryan Center works to "break the line of poverty" in Nashville.


Our Mission

On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.


Numbers Served in 2017 - 2018 Academic Year:

  • 326 young children and families

  • 1,023 students served K-8

  • 770 high school students

  • 525 Academic Student Union (ASU) graduates enrolled in college

  • 867 adults with education and employment services

  • 10,468 children and families

  • 503 crisis and counseling sessions

  • 24,299 meals served

Impact in 2017 - 2018 Academic Year:

  • 85% of K8 participants increase their literacy skills

  • 98.6% of Top Floor and College Zone participants graduate on time

  • 254 Jobs Plus and Chapter 2 participants are currently employed

  • 289 ASU graduates enrolled in college

  • Academic Student Union graduates received $12.8 million in scholarships and grants