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Shelby Dodson

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Shelby Dodson

Shelby Dodson

Name of Host Organization: Tennessee Justice Center
City, State: Nashville, Tennessee
Issue area: Elderly
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, U.S. Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Tennessee Justice Center

The Project

Provide direct services to seniors experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Focus is on helping seniors access healthcare that will ameliorate the abuses they suffer.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Impoverished seniors in Tennessee have to fight bureaucracy for every benefit they hope to receive. This project screens clients who have experienced abuse and help them navigate the healthcare system, housing obstacles, and financial scams to become safer and more equipped to enjoy their lives.
The Right Person For This Project

Shelby is the right person for the project because:
• Nashville is her home, and it's people her my neighbors
• She saw a door, and went through, and she wouldn't want to be anywhere else, especially during this time of turmoil for the vulnerable