May 5, 2011

Foundations Celebrate 15th Anniversary

The Sisters of Charity Foundations of Canton, Cleveland and South Carolina were established in 1996 with the charge to address the root causes of poverty in the communities they serve. In 2011, the Sisters of Charity Foundations celebrate 15 years of ministry.

The foundations reaffirm the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s commitment to the materially poor, extending the health, education and human services ministry and purpose of the congregation to more holistically serve God’s people. Collectively, the Sisters of Charity Foundations have invested more than $110 million in their communities throughout the last 15 years. This year, each foundation will celebrate their anniversary with convenings, materials and special events designed to continue to tell the story and impact of this critical ministry.

In April, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton celebrated with nearly 150 community leaders in Stark County at a special community luncheon keynoted by Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, a long-time adviser and friend to the foundation’s successful Quality Child Care Initiative.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is hosting a series of events and opportunities throughout the year in recognition of the foundation’s 15-year anniversary.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland will tell the story of its 15 years of work through a commemorative anniversary book and a special community convening later in 2011. Guests at this event will have the opportunity to see Progress and Promise, a local exhibit sponsored by the foundation to document the unique contributions of women religious to Northeast Ohio.

All three foundations are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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