All it takes to change the world of teens in foster care is the opportunity of a new path.

Supporting Teens in Foster Care

We give Middle Tennessee youths in foster care a new path—with a place to call home and a chance to dream. Jonathan’s Path fills a huge void of consistency teens face in foster care including, housing, support, direction and love. No paths are the same, but the love, stability, and support from Jonathan’s Path will be constant for every youth.

Immediate Placement

We offer immediate placement for teens coming into custody, reducing or eliminating the trauma of moving from home-to-home while awaiting permanent placement.


We provide long-term placement for youth waiting permanent placement or until the youth ages out in a family-like atmosphere, their place to call home.

Independent Living

We offer wrap-around support, housing placement, professional leadership, family support foundation for teens aging out of foster care.

Why It Matters

There are currently nearly 9,000 youths in Tennessee foster care—yet there are only homes for a little more than half of them. Within the first 12 months of being in this program, 30% of those youths are moved through three or more homes.

Without our help, the trauma of this unstable environment has been shown to have negative impact on these youths for the rest of their lives. Multiple placements have also been found to lead to delayed permanency outcomes, academic difficulties, and struggles to develop meaningful attachments.

0 %
Youth that will become homeless the day they age out of foster care.
0 %
Will never earn a degree in college or vocational school.
0 %
of foster youth graduate high school.

Why Jonathan's Path?

Watch this video to learn why we created Jonathan’s Path, directly from the people who inspired it.

You Can Help

Getting involved is life changing! We could use your help as we work toward our goal of reducing the trauma teens face living in and aging out of foster care. Join us as we build our long-term approach to reducing trauma for teens in state custody.

Vrabel Young Men's Collaborative Christmas Party with Jonathan's Path. Benefitting teen boys in foster care.
The Tennessean - November 17, 2022
Creekside Cocktails & Cuisine 2023
Field Day Cookout with VYMC
WKRN Channel 2 News covers the Walk 100.

Get in Touch

P 615.414.1876

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Our FOUNDING Sponsors

Earle & Trish DuRard

Ed Lanquist

Dave & Jennifer Worachek