September 22, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $111,000 to support women religious

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded $111,000 in Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) grants to support eight 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 ($30,000)—The Felician Center seeks to be a transforming presence through compassionate ministry, educational services and loving care. This grant will provide monies needed to equip the new multi-purpose art room with storage cabinets, tables, art supplies for Arts programs; to provide dental and eye care, prescription assistance for clients 40 years old and over from a program for 50 years old and older; to provide food for the food pantry for increased number of families, summer children’s food bags, holiday meat products.

Franciscan Center ($20,000)—The mission of the St. Francis Center is to break the cycle of poverty through education, advocacy, respect and compassion. This grant will support the Emergency Home Repair program and Migrant Outreach program.

Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood House ($10,000)—The Neighborhood House serves the poorest of the poor in urban Charleston and offers a weekly lunch program and food pantry to meet the nutritional needs of the poor, especially on weekend and holidays. This program has operated for many years and is a real sign of the love and caring of the Christian community for those in economic need.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center ($10,000)—Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center is a rural multipurpose community center established in 1941 under the auspices of the Diocese of Charleston to minister to the needs of the less fortunate in the Horse Creek Valley, South Carolina. This grant will support the Center’s GED program.

St. Cyprian Outreach Center ($10,000)—St. Cyprian Outreach Center is a Catholic Christian presence in an economically deprived area serving all persons whose goal is to respect the dignity and serve the basic human needs of those in Georgetown City and County. This grant will support the center’s ability to provide assistance to needy families in the form of emergency utility and rent assistance, prescription medications, food, and clothing.

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School ($15,000)—A ministry of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, this school is a vibrant Christ-centered school that emphasizes the joy and wonder of learning in a loving and caring atmosphere. This grant supports the school’s Differentiated Blended Reading Approach. This will be a way to address the different ways students learn. Each student is unique, and therefore addressing their learning styles is important. This approach will be interactive and engaging.

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church ($6,000)—The St. Philip Outreach Center seeks to be a transforming presence in the Lake City, South Carolina, community by providing compassionate ministry and loving service to those in need. Services offered include a food pantry and clothing closet, which features clean, gently-used clothing, household items, baby diapers and toiletries. This grant will support existing food needs to aid in honoring new patrons and to keep food shelves stocked. In addition, funding is will support stocking basic Latino food for Hispanic clients.

Thumbs Up ($10,000)—Thumbs Up Children's Educational Center, founded by Sister Mary Trzasko, OP, is a no-cost early intervention literacy and mentoring program designed to help low-performing children who are living in economically disadvantaged families to achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and math; thus preparing them to become successful students in school and in life. All of its interventions ultimately will help to empower children and parents with the skills necessary to move out of poverty and live as productive citizens. These funds will be used to expand the first satellite program in collaboration with Port Royal Elementary School to serve more children who are at risk of failing and whose parents lack the skills or resources to help them improve in school.

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

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