The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosted their annual Grantee Luncheon on June 19, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia, South Carolina. The awards given include leadership, caritas individual, caritas organization, alumni, and the strategic grant awards.  Each year the Foundation seeks to recognize those individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s mission of charity (caritas) and desire to help families live out of poverty.

The recipient of the Leadership in Diversity Award was Sr. Susan Pugh, DC. Sr. Pugh is a Daughter of Charity on mission at St. Cyprian Church and Outreach center in Georgetown. Sr. Pugh has served in the teaching field for more than 20 years. Currently, her ministry revolves around communities of different cultures.

The Caritas Individual Award was given to Gwen Woody. After facing numerous hardships throughout her life, Woody was given a vision by God to establish a shelter for homeless women and their children. Woody was led to participate with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) and Coastal Rescue Mission, Inc. She has continued serving and strengthening the fragile families of Horry County as a nonprofit.

The Caritas Organization Award was given to Hands of Christ (2003), a program that has distributed school uniforms and school supplies to more than 33,000 school children in need. It is their belief that education is the key to the success of individuals and communities. Partnering congregations of the Presbyterian Church support the project through volunteers, the use of facilities, collecting supplies, and giving through special offerings. Hands of Christ measures its success, not by their total numbers, but one child at a time, one smile at a time and one hug at a time.

The recipient of the 2014 Alumni Award was given to Cecilia Meggs. Meggs has been with Lighthouse Ministries, a faith based social service nonprofit agency, since 2005. She was named Executive Director in September 2010. Under Meggs’ leadership, in addition to continuing the original and ongoing mission, she has expanded the services offered to the community to include the First Friday Homeless Connect Event. Lighthouse Ministries now also provides space for Alston Wilkes Society, South Carolina Legal Services, and the newly formed Veteran’s Resource Center of Florence.

The Foundation also recognized the 2014 Strategic Grantees. Awarded were Anderson Interfaith Ministries, City Year, Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Healing Families Foundation, Homes of Hope, KidsGrow! Schoolyard Garden Classroom, Metanoia, and The Family Effect Foundation. These eight grantees were chosen based on their previous relationship with the Foundation and its desire to invest deeper in these organizations as they carry out the Foundation’s mission.

Sr. Sandra Makowski, SSMN, a Foundation Board member, charged the grantees, as in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, to invest wisely, celebrate hard work, and further improve the lives of those they serve.

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