How You Can Help



The Mentoring Program was established in 1998 as a safety net for Survivors when they exit the MorningStar Sanctuary. This program seeks to empower women to achieve self-sufficiency through counseling, education and financial literacy training.

Since the implementation of the Mentoring program in 1998, there have been 127 participants plus numerous children. Of these 127 survivors, only 5 have returned to their abuser. Homes have been purchased by 8 families. A Master’s Degree has been earned by 7, and at least 3 have earned a degree in nursing. Many other women have furthered their education in some manner to increase earning power. Nearly every participant is gainfully employed and living independently.

The Mentor Program provides a meal for 90-100 people each month. A motivational or educational program is presented after the meal to the Mentees while the children are nurtured in another area by their Mentors.

Our Mentor Program involves 50 volunteers who work with 26 Survivors. Over 5,000 hours of volunteer service are given annually.  Survivors are paired with trained volunteers who help them gain self-sufficiency and emotional well-being after leaving the Shelter. This is the only Mentoring Program in Tennessee for victims of Domestic Violence.

If you would like further information about the Mentor Program, please contact Mary Lee Thompson, Mentor Program Coordinator.   (615-373-1032) or 

We need more volunteers!

If you are:  

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Able to make a commitment to the mentoring program for at least one year 
  • Ready to meet with your survivor once a month
  • Agreeable to undergoing a background check

Please contact us and let us know that you are interested!



Morning  Star Sanctuary, like most non-profit organizations, depends  greatly on  the kindness of volunteers to be able to fulfill their  mission of  assisting the victims of domestic violence.  Even with the   confidentiality that is necessary to ensure the safety of their  clients,  there are many opportunities for volunteers to get involved,  including:

Yard Work
Grocery Shopping
Job Search Assistance
Resume' Preparation

The participants in our Mentoring program also have need for free or reduced cost assistance with medical, dental and optometry care.  Volunteers  can also assist Morning Star Sanctuary by coordinating  donation efforts  at their local church, school, civic association, etc. These donation  sites can be set up to accept everything from household  goods,  non-perishables food items, linens, clothing, etc.

Volunteer form

Click on a file to download our volunteer brochure for a full list of current opportunities.