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Oct 1, 2015   //   by admin   //   News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments





This month, South Memphis Alliance kicks off #Swap4SMA.  #Swap4SMA is a social media campaign focused on raising funds by challenging individuals to swap a purchase for a one-time donation to SMA, then sharing that swap on social media, and challenging friends to do the same.  It’s a simple challenge:

  1. Decide your swap – Coffee?  Maybe a car-wash?  Possibly that sweater you’ve been eyeing?
  2. Donate that money using our PayPal one time donation link.  The one time donation link can be found on the bottom of our home page.  Click HERE to open that home page and look for the link on the bottom left.
  3. Share your swap and hashtag it up!  #Swap4SMA #SupportYouth #SupportSMA #FundFosterYouth.  Doesn’t matter, as long as you use #Swap4SMA.  
  4. We told you it was simple!


Here are a few ways to share your swap: Save a snippet of your receipt and use these as examples:


I figured I would spend $11.12 if I ate lunch with my friends today, but I gave that money to SMA instead. #Swap4SMA #FundingFosterYouth #SupportSMA


If you don’t care to share your amount, block it out!


I really need to get my car washed with this money, but foster youth need this more. #RidingDirty #Swap4SMA #MoneyMatters


Here’s another receipt snippet:


Swapping my manicure for a donation to SMA!  #CommunityFirst #Swap4SMA #WhatCanUSwap


If you have a PayPal app, your receipt may look something like this:


I can go see that movie another time.  I choose to support youth in foster care.
#Swap4SMA #SupportOurYouth #BuildingCommunity #IDareYou


If you need assistance in sharing your swap, email our campaign chair at or call SMA at 901-774-9582

Whatever the amount, your swap counts!

C’mon!  Accept the challenge!  We dare you…

SMA 2015 Unity Dinner

Aug 10, 2015   //   by admin   //   News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Save the Date for the 2015 Unity Dinner, celebrating 15 years of service to the Memphis area!

SMA Unity Dinner


Jul 2, 2015   //   by admin   //   News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Sharvon matched for a car this past week !  Here are a couple of photos with his case manager, Tiffany Turnage.





Gateway to Soulsville Changing with SMA Demolition and Construction

Aug 29, 2012   //   by admin   //   News, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Reed Brothers dairy plant was built in 1930 and has been vacant for over 20-years and had become a blight to the entrance to the community of Soulsville U.S.A. This is all changing…

Once the building is demolished SMA will move forward on a capital campaign to raise the six million dollars needed to build a Center for Families and Children at that site.

“You can not ignore the coincidence of replacing a dairy plant that provided nutritional substance to families with a nonprofit center dedicated to nurturing families,” said Jan Young, director of the Assisi Foundation.

Congressman Steve Cohen, Mayor A.C. Wharton, Councilman Joe Brown, Councilman Edmund Ford, Councilman Myron Lowery, Assisi Foundation Executive Director Jan Young, Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb, Reverend Reginald Porter, Field Office Director at Housing and Urban Development John Gemmill, community residents and many others came to celebrate SMA’s plans to demolish a derelict dairy plant and to put a new twist to an old Laundromat.

Not ignoring the significant historical importance of the dairy, SMA made a special presentation to Chief Executive Officer Dick Hackett of the Children’s Museum of Memphis by donating the 30+ foot tall milk jug that stood atop of the old dairy for 82-years.  Hackett said plans are to refurbish the milk jug and find a functional way to incorporate it into an exhibit for children in Memphis to continue to enjoy.

The audience also came to celebrate SMA’s plan to convert an out of date Laundromat, that at one time was slated to become a nightclub, into a state-of-the-art facility providing not only laundry services to this urban community but prevention services as well. Reginald Milton, executive director of SMA stated, “The community residents came to us and asked if there was anything we could do to prevent the loss of this needed business. So we bought the Laundromat.” After operating the business for a few years Mr. Milton realized that many of the same clients that the agency was serving also were customers of the laundry. So the question was asked, “Why not provide prevention services to these customers while they are sitting there waiting for their clothes to wash and dry?” With this idea in mind Mr. Milton approached Ms. Jan Young, director of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis and Mr. Robert Lipscomb, director of Memphis Housing and Community Development to secure the funds necessary to completely renovate this rundown laundry into the Community Laundromat and Resource Center.

“This is much more than changing a building; this is a place where we will build people,” said Mayor A C Wharton, during the ceremony.

SMA’s plans for both of these buildings are in line with it mission in servicing, mentoring and advocating for young people and families in need.

Neighborhood leaders like Tommy Evans, President of the 35th Ward Civic Club, viewed the rendering of the SMA Center for Families and Children.






Many local media outlets covered this event, including this article by The Commercial Appeal and this article by The Daily News.

Mississippi River Trails: Weigh in at a community meeting on January 19

Jan 10, 2012   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Participants learned more and weighed in on proposed bike trails at a meeting at Central Station downtown. 

The University of Memphis and the Memphis Regional Design Center, in partnership with the Mississippi River Corridor, have been working with community members and organizations to discuss use of the 31 miles of MRC trails that fall in Shelby County. For example, the teams reached out to hiking and bicycling organizations who have also been involved in the Shelby Farms Greenline and proposed Harahan Bridge Project. They’ve also hosted public input meetings with Memphis residents and officials. The final public input meeting for this stage of planning will be held on January 19.

Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided, but please RSVP to to let the event organizers know that you’ll be there.


Please join us for our 2011 Holiday Party on December 16

Dec 1, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  1 Comment