• 1522 Compton Avenue Nashville, TN 37212
  • 615-742-3463
  • contact@aphesishouse.org

Our Roots

Aphesis House was formed in 2003 by James Settles, a man who knows the difference a caring support system and positive mentors can make. After spending eight years of his life in incarceration, he found a housing program that helped him turn his life around. And then he made it his life’s mission to help other men just like him do the same.

Our inspiration

The Old Man and the Starfish

by Irv Furman

There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn. In the distance, he saw a frail old man. As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. The young man gazed in wonder as the old man, again and again, threw the small starfish from the sand to the water. He asked, “Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?”

The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. “But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!” exclaimed the young man. “How can you make any difference?” 

The old man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it into the safety of the sea, he said, “I made a difference to this one.”

Learn more about our program at the Aphesis House

This project is funded under a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.