Every morning when I drive through Cumberland Heights’ arched gates, I am thankful for the opportunity to help patients and families “recover life.” And every night when I leave, I am reminded to “Let go and let God,” and am grateful for the thousands of little things our staff members do each day as they walk new paths of recovery with our patients.
What our entire Board of Directors and I appreciate most is the generosity of the Cumberland Heights community – donors and volunteers alike – who support our mission. Throughout the pages of this report, you will see how much Cumberland Heights has grown since we started in 1966 with only three patients and a handful of staff.
Everything we accomplish is because of donors like you and the hundreds of others who generously give to Cumberland Heights every year. Thank you for helping change the lives of our current patients, families, alumni and all those who will seek our help in the years to come.
The Nashville Insider features some of the new faces of Country Music for this years Concert for Cumberland Heights, their special 20th Anniversary benefit concert, held at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am so grateful to announce the new Timothy Cotton Fund for Patient Assistance, which will provide financial assistance in perpetuity for Cumberland Heights patients.
Tim Cotton, a beloved alumnus of Cumberland Heights, passed away in January 2016 and willed the proceeds from the sale of his East Nashville home to Cumberland Heights. Tim’s donation ranks among the top 20 donations Cumberland Heights ever received.
The fund is part of Cumberland Heights’ endowment and will provide financial assistance to patients who cannot afford treatment or do not have insurance that covers costs. Cotton was himself a patient on a MusiCares scholarship, so his gift back is especially meaningful.
Tim’s story is not about how much money he donated. His story is about making an impact in the lives of others regardless of your station in life.
Tim was a long-time driver for many musical acts, including Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Kathy Mattea, and Conway Twitty. He was known in the industry as a “human GPS” who knew every shortcut and detour to any venue.
At Cumberland Heights, we have many sayings, inspirations and principles to help guide us through recovery. In 1972, Tim wrote “My Top Ten List” of principles and actions that would guide his life. I feel like they are worth sharing with you here:
To love and be loved
Know everyone in my family is loved, safe and warm
Hold close to the God who created and blesses me with life
Never cause pain to another human being
Not to turn my back when I see someone who needs help
Know myself better
Always be a free spirit
Be good at any job I do
Be respected by my friends
Have a simple but comfortable place to live
Beginning in the late 1980s, Tim opened his home to HIV/AIDS patients who had nowhere else to go. He became certified as an HIV/AIDS volunteer and received the 1991 Honoree for the Mary Catherine Strobel Award as Volunteer of the Year from Nashville CARES.
About two years before his death, Tim was a patient at Cumberland Heights. He touched so many people in the Nashville recovery community that they organized aftercare meetings in his hospital room in his final days so he did not have to miss meetings. After his death, Cotton’s sister Cathy received numerous calls from Cumberland Heights’ alumni who had met Tim during treatment and were touched enough to call with condolences.
Tim’s East Nashville home was sold at auction to a young couple starting a family. They live two doors down from other family members and look forward to raising their children together. Tim would be pleased.
The real estate agent, Bill Branch of Life Style Real Estate Advisors, donated his commission because he was so moved by Tim’s story and his donation to Cumberland Heights.
I am proud that Cumberland Heights was able to impact Tim so positively late in his life. And I am grateful to Tim and his entire family. His generosity will have a positive effect on the Cumberland Heights community for many, many years to come.
If you or a loved one would like to speak directly with one of our licensed admissions staff, please call us now at (800) 646-9998 or submit the following information. If outside business hours, we will get back to you the following day.
Why is it so meaningful to give to Cumberland Heights?
Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.