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

  • 206 young children and families
  • 1023 students served K-8
  • 824 high school students
  • 289 ASU graduates enrolled in college
  • 593 adults with education and employment services
  • 10,877 children and families
  • 624 crisis and counseling sessions
  • 66,785 meals served


  • 85% of K8 participants increase their literacy skills
  • 98.6% of Top Floor and College Zone participants graduate on time
  • 141 Jobs Plus and Chapter 2 participants are currently employed
  • 289 ASU graduates enrolled in college
  • ASU graduated have received $36 million in grants and scholarships