Greeter Falls Campground is a subsidiary of Carecom, inc.
CareCom, Inc. is authorized with the IRS as a 501c3 charitable organization, established in January, 2018. Subsequently, we also registered with the State of Tennessee as a Non-Profit Corporation. We are grateful to have earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency.
The mission of CareCom, inc. is to foster and support tangible expressions of Compassion, Charity and Community.
Upon retirement from the State of Tennessee in 2018, I established CareCom with the primary goal of helping the homeless in Nashville. Working with and through existing homeless outreach organizations, namely the Nashville Rescue Mission, the Contributor, Open Table, and several others, CareCom provided food, necessities and logistical support to those in need.
Through direct outreach, between 2018 and 2019, we bought, packed and distributed over 3,500 “CarePaks” to various homeless encampments and gathering places throughout the city. We also organized volunteers to help in the endeavor- physically and financially. In addition, we led an international food packing drive through Elevation Church in coordination with a local church. In addition, I served as a regular staff volunteer at the Contributor.
In 2019 and 2020, in addition to our work with the homeless in Nashville, we expanded our outreach in support of other non-profit organizations that embodied the our mission and vision:
- Free For Life International – an anti-sex trafficking organization headed at the time by my daughter Gabrielle. Free for Life accomplished its mission using a 3-tier model — we prevent, rescue and restore. I worked on a team in Dominican Republic serving orphanages and schools. Served on the Finance and Organization committee. Consulted on Administrative Affairs. Contributed Financially.
- Honor and Remember – headed by my long-time friend George Lutz, the Organization aims to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen service members and their families. Financially supported the organization, sponsored Tennessee Recipients, Provided logistic support for their initial cross country even and their first Tennessee “annual run for the fallen“.
- Give, Pray, Post– Over the course of a year, performed extensive research to identify, financially support, write and publish articles about 100 extraordinary organizations throughout the world engaged in a plethora of causes – all of which represent the core principles of Compassion, Charity and Community. The goal was to help expand the outreach of these most notable and relevant organizations.
In 2021, we embarked upon another endeavor, which was to develop a private campground adjacent to Savage Gulf State Park. Emersion within Nature has always served as a catalyst for rest, rejuvenation and even transformation for me throughout my life. It can be a place healing and connection. It can and does inspire compassion, community and charity (both towards oneself as well as others).
We initially had a “soft opening” in July. Our first complete season was 2022. Although we are only in our infancy, we have already been witness to many extraordinary things. As we continue to develop, we hope to further expand our outreach to other non-profit charitable organizations and to provide a space for them to retreat and regroup… to equip them to better serve their respective constituency.
Despite being our first year in business, we endeavored to contribute to our local community. Whenever possible, we hired local contractors and purchased equipment and supplies from local business, to the tune of over 1 half million dollars and well as $15K in property, sales and county occupancy taxes. In the fall, we organized a “thank you” event for the community, providing free BBQ with entertainment provided by local musicians. Additional proceeds and sales during the event went to local charities. We developed a website for the City and installed new Greeter Pines subdivision signs
Further, for our volunteer workampers who serve the tangible needs of our transient camper community as well as the logistical and operational needs of the campground, we offer an opportunity to work and live in a rustic timberland community. There are abundant opportunities to emerge themselves in the many opportunities within the region to explore nature. For our workampers, we reserve a special section of our campground (called Greeter Falls ABRI) with its own bathhouse/laundry, study/media center with Google Fiber and weekly community meals. As our respectful, caring community grows, we are committed to support each members personal, spiritual and artistic goals. We are also planning to develop a community garden, outdoor kitchen as well as community outreach and service oriented events, etc.