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SMA and Hattiloo Theatre

Mar 14, 2013   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Hattiloo Theatre

Hattiloo play benefitted SMA

Many came together for SMA at Hattiloo Theatre on Thursday, April 4, 2013. It started with a meet/greet before the classic play Native Son. All tickets purchased benefitted SMA.

Thanks to all who came out, especially members from the Soulsville Neighborhood Association and Annesdale-Snowden!

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SMA Construction updates

Jan 31, 2013   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

SMA is proud to be celebrating a long-time vision and project becoming a reality. The SMA Laundromat and Resource Center is now complete and opening for business soon!

This innovative approach to social services is really just meeting people where they are, and thanks to the generous support of the City Of Memphis’ Housing, Community and Development Division and the Assisi Foundation, SMA is seeing its vision become a reality. “Poor people are busy,” says SMA Executive Director Reginald Milton. “They are busy working, so we don’t want to stop them to provide services, we go where they are.”

The laundromat was purchased and operated and then closed for a complete renovation to make the facility more conducive as a resource center. SMA is bringing in partners such as Literacy Mid-South to provide literacy tutoring, Bank on Memphis for financial literacy, Southern College of Optometry for basic eye exams (with their kiosk housed in the facility), and more!

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Just a short drive away from the SMA office and SMA Laundromat and Resource Center is the SMA Dream Seekers Resource Center (DSRC), sitting blocks away from some of Memphis’ most historical landmarks such as STAX Museum, LeMoyne-Owen College, and more. Thanks to a generous donation from First Tennessee Bank, SMA currently has its Hope Chest Baby Store at this facility and is on its way to raising the necessary support to complete the initial phase of this facility. This center will be where young people are able to call their own… a safe place to “hang out,” to take classes, to be mentored and mentor others, to shop, to study, to look and prepare for employment, housing, and so much more.


Downstairs pool table

A pool table donated by a wonderful SMA donor is currently in the recreational area downstairs at the DSRC.

There is so much more needed at this facility, including rugs, furniture, lamps, tables, lockers, etc.







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In 2012, SMA purchased the old dairy plant on Bellevue and before demolishing the old building, donated the “milk bottle” to The Children’s Museum of Memphis, to preserve some South Memphis history. Thanks to the generous support of the City Of Memphis’ Housing, Community and Development Division and the Assisi Foundation, SMA will soon be involved in a capital campaign to seek the necessary support for this land to become the future SMA Center for Families and Children, a hub for SMA and community partners to provide even more in South Memphis (see future rendering below).

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National Institute on Drug Abuse’s National Drug Facts Week, Jan. 28 through Feb. 1

Jan 25, 2013   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Shatter the Myths about drug abuse with the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s National Drug Facts Week, Jan 28 – Feb. 5. Click here.

SMA Champions

Dec 3, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments





Meet Mrs. Thomas!

Thanks to champions, like Mrs. Thomas in Soulsville, SMA is on the way to getting the support it needs, to continue to improve the health, knowledge, and stability of young people, families and communities, through social services, mentoring and advocacy.

Mrs. Thomas is on the Soulsville Neighborhood Association and has been involved with SMA for a while. Just recently, after attending the annual SMA Unity Dinner, Mrs. Thomas realized the need for individual donors and decided to make her commitment.

“You have to keep a conscious mind of the little things we can do that makes the big difference,” said Mrs. Thomas. She went on to say that she didn’t think she had the time when she volunteered to be on the SMA Planning Committee but with that commitment, not only has she helped SMA, she feels more connected with other neighborhood associations and all that is being done in the community. “It’s bigger than just us you know. When you can see your support offering the services that make the needed changes in the community, you know it’s all worth it.”

Great American Smokeout

Nov 9, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

SMA supports this great initiative to encourage those using tobacco to stop, and discourage anyone to start.

Award Recipient

Nov 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Congratulations to SMA Executive Director Mr. Reginald Milton for being selected and receiving the Sierra Club’s Dick Mochow Environmental Justice Award, for his dedication, tenacity, and determination in making South Memphis a better place.

SMA in the Media

Oct 26, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Thanks to all the great work going on in South Memphis, through so many – including SMA, its partners, and the community, the local Memphis media has helped SMA get the word out.

See below for recent coverage:

Daily News, April. 5, 2012 – Social Suds brings Services to Soulsville

Daily News, Dec. 7, 2012 – Renewed Focus

Daily News, Oct. 19-25, 2012 – Soul Map

Memphis Flyer, Sept. 27, 2012 – No Use Crying

Commercial Appeal, Aug. 28, 2012 – Memphis dairy plant to be razed at gateway to Soulsville

Daily News, Aug. 30, 2012 – Nonprofit Center Could be New South Memphis Gateway

World AIDS Day

Oct 26, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

SMA Joins the World in the Fight Against HIV

HIV has not gone away, and there are things still to be done to combat this global crisis. Every year, all year, SMA joins the fight with its Stand By Me program, in the community. This past World AIDS Day, on Saturday, December 1, 2012, SMA set up at the Towne Center @ Soulsville U.S.A with HIV/AIDS information, female condom demonstrations, HIV testing and more! Thanks to all who came out! Thanks to all who join us in the fight! 


Read more about World AIDS Day here.


SMA Pledges to Prevent Suicide

Oct 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

SMA believes it is important to prevent suicide, and pledges to do so on behalf of the young people and families in need who we serve.

You can pledge too, by signing here.


October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Oct 8, 2012   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments
SMA and The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which was launched by a Presidential Proclamation. In 2011, 20.6 million Americans were classified with substance dependence or abuse. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a prime opportunity to rally together and put the spotlight on substance abuse and those affected by this issue.

You can read more here.


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