2019 Spring Caritas grants awarded to S.C. nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations that meet fundamental needs for people who experience poverty in South Carolina serve as a lifeline to residents in communities across the state. Nearly 60 of these organizations have been awarded Spring Caritas grants by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Caritas grants are named after one of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s guiding principles, in omnibus caritas, meaning “in all things charity.” This spring, the Foundation invested more than $200,000 in organizations that provide valuable services to individuals and families.

“Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is proud to continue our mission of combatting poverty with the organizations that have been selected to receive Caritas funding. These nonprofits have proven to be instrumental partners in South Carolina’s communities by providing services directly to those who need them,” said Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Spring Caritas grants were distributed to providers of education, health and/or social services in nearly all of South Carolina’s counties, and varying needs are met in each region.

  • In the Upstate, Greenville Free Medical Clinic makes prescription medications available to eligible low-income, uninsured patients. They assist with the provision of medications needed for acute medical episodes and ongoing chronic disease management in an effort to increase patients’ likelihood of taking prescribed medications.
  • In the Low Country, Pattison’s Academy gives physical, social and cultural enrichment to approximately 50 children ages 3-21 who live with severe disabilities. They assist parents and care providers with various needs, and they are the only therapeutic summer camp in the Low Country.
  • In the Midlands, Southeastern Chapter National Safety Council trains young drivers. Training that would cost more than $300 is now provided free of charge to young people living in foster care and low-income households who would not have access to driver training courses.
  • In the Grand Strand region, Family Justice Center of Georgetown County will continue their work of assisting individuals and families fleeing domestic violence. They provide individuals’ basic needs, including medication and counseling, as well as a safe, nurturing environment at no cost to those in need.

“Our grantee partners have embraced the challenge of assessing and addressing a variety of needs. Social, health and educational services are often difficult to access for people living in poverty, but our partners have found creative ways to meet people where they are. Each partner will use their funding to enhance programs that already exist, or they’ll fund new programs to eliminate barriers, and we can’t wait to see the great work they do,” said Keith.

For a full list of Caritas grantees, visit sistersofcharitysc.com.

About Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, founded in 1996. Their mission is to address the needs of the poor and underserved throughout the state of South Carolina. Through the strategic use of resources they seek to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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