March 11, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina staff and board visit three strategic grantees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina staff and board members recently visited College Summit and The Cooperative Ministry in Columbia, South Carolina, and the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston. The organizations are three of the foundation’s 2012 strategic grantees. [More]
March 8, 2013

Health System Leaders Continue Call to Extend Medicaid

Through the Affordable Care Act, states may expand Medicaid coverage to persons up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Increasing access to Medicaid will give 450,000 to 600,000 uninsured Ohioans and approximately 250,000 uninsured South Carolinians the dignity of health insurance. The debate is in the state legislatures. Voices are needed now to encourage extension of Medicaid coverage. [More]
March 7, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina president receives leadership award

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President Tom Keith received the Otis A. Corbitt Leadership and Community Service Award at the 35th Annual Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services Conference on March 2, 2013. The award is given for exemplary leadership in human services, community development and education. [More]
March 7, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Releases Research Brief: Latino Immigrant Families

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently released a research brief about Latino immigrant families in South Carolina. Statistics show that the Latino population in the state continues to grow significantly. The population grew from 95,076 in the 2000 census to 235,682 in the 2010 census which represents a 148% increase. The research brief addresses a broad range of issues and challenges facing the Latino population including health, education, economic hardship, family structure and legal matters. [More]
February 19, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces Leadership in Diversity Award call for nominations

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is looking for an organization whose work and commitment toward diversity has left an impact on South Carolina. The foundation is accepting nominations for its third annual Leadership in Diversity Award through April 30. [More]
January 11, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina elects 2013 officers for board of trustees and adds new board member

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently elected 2013 officers for its board of trustees and added a new board member, Barbara Gourdine Clark. [More]
January 2, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina senior program officer speaks at statewide training conference

Katrina Spigner, senior program officer at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, recently spoke at the statewide training for Family Connections in Columbia, South Carolina. There, attendees listened intently to Spigner speak on the foundation’s commitment to the poor and underserved, and to the compassion that must be evident when seeking change. [More]
December 17, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds graduation ceremony for 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Development Training program graduates

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina graduated six students from its Nonprofit Leadership Development Training certificate program December 7 in a ceremony at the EdVenture’s Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. The students are the fourth graduating class of the certification program. The program is designed for nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. Through the program, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and framework to lead nonprofit organizations in an ever-changing, diverse society and to effectively lead within their organizations. Kristie Searcy, PhD, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. She is the department head of the Radiologic Technology Program at Augusta Technical College and an associate professor at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Searcy encouraged each of the graduates to “press, persevere and pursue.” She said, “When you press, you not only impact your life, but the lives of countless others throughout your sphere of influence; to persevere, each of you must reach deep within and tap into the spirit of perseverance, the spirit that is steadfast and determined to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; and to pursue, it’s now time to abandon any fears or reservations and write out, plan and passionately pursue your vision to bring about lasting change. This leadership academy was designed to renew your sense of excitement and passion in your work. So leave today passionate about the road ahead and let this passion be the fuel that will propel you into your destiny. “ Pictured are the six 2012 graduates (left to right): Lasima Turmon, volunteer executive director, GVW Community Investment Corporation; Brenda Dooley, executive director, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity; Brian Thomas, senior pastor, NorthStar Christian Center; Katie Bullard, leadership giving associate, United Way of the Midlands; William Loyd Jr., executive director, Midlands Community Development Corporation; Sherry Lewis, director of therapy and outreach services, Sexual Trauma of the Midlands. For more pictures from the graduation, visit the photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
December 3, 2012

Foundations sponsor eighth annual statewide conference for women religious

Nearly 70 women religious (Sisters) attended the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, co-sponsored conference, “Being Present,” held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in November. The annual gathering is a part of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI), which supports congregations of women religious efforts with the poor and underserved of South Carolina. These Sisters have ministries across the state and the conference is one of the few opportunities they have to connect and discuss their ministries together. Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OCB, keynote speaker for the conference, drew from her Benedictine spirituality, shared the message that being present is an art and that each hour of the day holds a special message if we pause to listen. Sisters were encouraged to take breathing spells for their souls, to set the clock of their hearts, to look at their work as service, to find ways to care for themselves and to remember that every day is an opportunity to lean forward to receive each day’s miracle. Sister Macrina closed by sharing, “I’ve been moved by this group, the light and wisdom that is present in this room. Each of you are beacons of light, an encouraging presence and disciples of joy, this is who you are. As you leave this gathering, continue to expect miracles each day.” The Catholic Diocese of Charleston Bishop Robert Guglielmone also participated in the conference. Bishop Guglielmone opened his remarks by saying, “I offer a silent prayer in my own heart of thanksgiving for all of the Sisters here, their ministries in South Carolina, for the good each of you do in this Diocese. I am eternally grateful for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the foundation for bringing us together, for your vision and foresight to provide a space to overcome the isolation many Sisters face across the state and to offer this opportunity for the sharing of stories and support.” Time with the bishop included engaging in conversation with the Sisters, listening and responding to their questions and thanking them for their service. Bishop Guglielmone also celebrated Mass with the Sisters. Women Religious Advisory Council members, Sister Margie Hosch, OSF; Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA; Sister Susan Pugh, DC; and Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, planned several prayers and rituals for the conference. The conference concluded with a powerful and moving closing ritual and the sharing of “Soul Pictures.” Foundation board members, Yvonne Orr, Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, and Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN were present, along with foundation staff and CMI consultants, Mark Small, Ph.D. and Kathy Csank. Sisters of Charity Foundation President Tom Keith offered closing remarks, “I thank you, Sisters, for your presence, unity of spirit, daily ministry and tireless service across South Carolina. This Initiative is one that is very special and dear to my heart, and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.” Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, summarized the conference by saying, “My prayer leaving this gathering is ‘May each of us be a loving presence to ourselves and to all we serve.’” For more pictures from the conference, visit the conference photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 30, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $65,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 24 Caritas grants, totaling $65,000, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations meeting the basic needs of the underserved in South Carolina. Caritas grants are for organizations providing outreach services to the poor and marginalized. They are one-year grants designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. “This funding will support these organizations as they address, daily, those facing situational or crisis poverty,” said Mike McCabe, board chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Caritas grants are up to $5,000, and are awarded twice a year. Organizations wishing to apply for funding should visit the Foundation’s website, sistersofcharitysc.com, for information on the application process. The next Caritas grant application deadline is April 2, 2013. For a complete list of November 2012 Caritas grant recipients, click here. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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