The History of the Mary Parrish Center:
1999: Valerie Wynn, Whitney McFalls and Grace Guerra (all working as victim’s advocates in Nashville) begin to explore the idea of opening a ‘one stop’ Center where domestic violence could receive all the services they needed from one location.
Our idea is given the name The Mary Parrish Center in honor of the late Mary Parrish who despite years of abuse managed to raise five children all of whom lead productive peaceful lives. One of those children, Mark Wynn has devoted his life to serving and protecting domestic violence victims, as a Metro police officer for 22 years and now as an acclaimed trainer and consultant to police departments, court systems and governments around the world.
2000 March 3: We receive our 501-C3 status.
2001: The Nashville Section of the National Council of Jewish Women takes a leap of faith and provides us with our start up funding. The Memorial Foundation quickly follows their lead.
2002 February 14: We open our doors at 131 2nd North in a beautiful space made available to us through the generosity of Alice Zimmerman.
We fight for and receive permission from the courts to allow the faxing of petitions for Orders of Protection. This transforms this process throughout our community and just as we had planned, victims can and do receive an array of lifesaving services without having to leave our offices. By February 14, 2003 we have served 2,512 domestic violence survivors and their children.
2003 August: The Mary Parrish Center negotiated and convinced Circuit Court to relax the stringent criteria surrounding the Circuit Court Order of Protection filings. We gained the permission of the Court for the allowance of handwritten, notarized, faxed Order of Protection petitions and for the automatic transference of Circuit Court petitions filed at Night Court. This change eliminated enormous obstacles for victims with children and streamlined the entire process. This has enabled advocates throughout the community to work more closely with the most vulnerable of victims, parents with children, to receive advocacy while traversing the legal system
2007 December: We move to 200 Church Street. The space is much smaller than our previous space, but the work goes on and the victims continue to come.
2008 February: We have provided services to over 6,000 domestic violence survivors and their children.
We hold our 1st fundraiser breakfast. It is our most successful fundraiser to date!
2008 December 22: We are asked to consider taking over a transitional housing for domestic violence victims. We are told that a good faith agreement must be made by January 1, 2009.
2009 March: We assumed fiduciary responsibility of the largest self contained transitional housing program in Middle Tennessee.
2009 June 1: We move our offices and begin our next chapter . On July 17 our first resident moves in and the MPC (therapeutic) Transitional housing Program is officially born...
To learn about the MPC Board of Directors, Staff and our Executive Director please visit:
MPC The Early Years
Meet The Director