Every day is an opportunity to change lives.
Our Mission | Core Values
Gallatin Shalom Zone is designed to engage residents of Sumner County in the work of healing, peace, education, reconciliation, and love so that we can grow beyond our current circumstances and, together, live as a beloved community.
We welcome children, youth, individuals, and families with the purpose of encouraging self-sufficiency, wholeness, health, and inner peace that generates long-term potential and prosperity.
We Rise By Lifting Others
Gallatin Shalom Zone is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable where we treat all staff, volunteers, clients, community partners, and board members with respect and dignity. Gallatin Shalom Zone dedicates itself to providing life-enriching programs for children, youth, families, and individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual identity, familial status, age, disability and socio-economic status. We value and respect the full participation of each individual in our programs, services, and employment opportunities without regard to historical, structural, legislative, racial, and socio-economic inequities. We celebrate the rich diversity of the community we serve and we will not tolerate discrimination, biases, harassment, or bullying of any kind. The diversity, equity, and inclusion principles guide Gallatin Shalom Zone in its mission, strategic planning, programming, board and staff composition, and governance.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
How It Began
The initial concept for Gallatin Shalom Zone began in 1996 when local pastors from United Methodist Church and African Methodist Episcopal church met to discuss ways to transform the community of Clearview Heights into a safe and productive neighborhood. Early efforts were specifically focused on physical cleanup of the area, and working to ensure the safety of residents, which would in turn be of benefit to the entire city of Gallatin. Soon, local residents, community lay leaders, and members of a wider Gallatin area, saw the necessity of this project, and worked together to coordinate resources and ideas to further the mission of GSZ. November 5, 1999, through the committed efforts of these individuals, Gallatin Shalom Zone was officially incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3.
The search began for a brick and mortar building that could serve the community as a resource center and community hub. Having sat vacant for years, the former Union High School building in the heart of the Clearview Community was deeded to Gallatin Shalom Zone in 2004. Steeped in history, and with deep-rooted ties to the community, Union High was the logical choice to house GSZ. Built in 1950 during the time of segregation in the country, Union High served as the African American high school in Gallatin for the next 20 years. In 1970, federal laws were passed that mandated integration, and all Union High students were integrated into Gallatin High School. Not long after, the Union High building became the home of Rucker Stewart Middle School until 1997; at that time, all operations in the building ceased. After taking ownership in 2004, GSZ began a capital campaign and was able to begin building renovation and reconstruction in January of 2008. That same year, in April, 10 agencies along with Gallatin Shalom Zone Inc. were able to move into the building and begin serving our community.