First Horizon donates to MATS

Special to Citizen Tribune

First Horizon Foundation recently made a $1,000 donation to the Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter. Adam Ivy, Banking Center Manager for First Horizon Bank presented the check to Tonya Polidoro, executive director for MATS.

For decades, First Horizon Foundation has provided philanthropic support to uplift and enrich communities across the Southeast.

With more than $100 million contributed, grants have been provided to reinforce the efforts of nonprofit partners and their programs and initiatives.

The foundation has operated as First Tennessee Foundation in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi and as Capital Bank Foundation in Florida, North and South Carolina. Both brands unified in 2019 and is now recognized as First Horizon Foundation. As the Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations across the Southeast, it will continue to target investments that are pillars of a strong community.

First Horizon recently presented a check to Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter to help with continued operations of the shelter and for support of the homeless in the Lakeway Area.

MATS is a self-sufficiency program for the homeless, serving men, women and children needing shelter in Hamblen County and nine surrounding counties. MATS not only provides these individuals and families with the basics of food, shelter, clothing and hygiene items; but also helps provide direction for the future.

The organization’s goal is for each person who goes through the program to leave with the skills needed to be productive, contributing members of their communities. This includes essential programs like job readiness, budget coaching, and soft skills training. While staying at MATS, residents are able to focus on finding a job, saving their money and searching for permanent housing.

A successful completion of the program means the individual or family will leave with a place of their own to live and money in savings.

For more information about MATS, visit online.