October 10, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards $131,000 to support women religious

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded $131,000 in Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) grants to support 10 women religious grantees. Since its inception, the foundation has supported women religious (Catholic nuns) in their efforts with the poor and underserved members of society.

CMI Strengthening Ministry grants are designed to specifically strengthen the ministries of women religious whose ministries have a range of needs. The most recent CMI grants in South Carolina include:

Felician Center ($20,000)—funding to move from a woman religious to a trial part-time lay office assistant, completing a movement for the personnel aspect of the new sustainability plan.

Franciscan Center ($15,000)—the Franciscan Center's Center of Hope - Emergency Home Repair Program serves economically disadvantaged families in northern Beaufort County who need emergency home repairs and/or modifications for handicapped access.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc. ($20,000)—helping to formalize outcome measurements throughout the many programs and services offered at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach.

Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House ($10,000)—a weekday lunch program and food pantry for the poorest of the poor in urban Charleston.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center ($10,000)—offering emergency assistance for those in need.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School ($15,000)—funding to expand a student support program that provides assessment, individual education planning, behavioral counseling and mentoring to students.

St. Cyprian Outreach Center ($10,000)—providing low-income families with emergency utility and rent assistance in an extremely economically deprived area.

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School ($15,000)—a program to actively engage students in the skills and strategies for becoming life-long readers. The curriculum will include reading, art, science, technology and social studies.

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church ($6,000)—providing a food pantry offering basic food items and a clothing closet for individuals/families in need.

Thumbs Up ($10,000)—helping low-performing children who are living in economically disadvantaged families to achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and math.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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