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Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina

BELMONT — More than $1 million has been awarded to 24 local non-profit organizations from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, aimed at serving those suffering from poverty, sickness and lack of education.

The foundation gave out a total of $1,009,200 in grants: nine in the area of education, totaling $372,800; nine to social services for a total of $364,400; and the remaining six to health care related efforts, totaling $272,000. The recipients are located in eight counties in North Carolina – Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, Transylvania and Union – and one in York County, S.C. Grant recipients were:


- Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte: $40,000 for salary and benefits of a certified teacher in the day treatment program

- Asheville City Schools Foundation: $50,000 in salary support for the program director, program manager and volunteer coordinator for the In Real Life Program

- Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County: $30,000 to help support expansion of teen services through paying a portion of the salary for a new middle school director and two part-time program specialists

- Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center: $52,000 to contribute to the salary and benefits of the speech language pathologists working with the Community Language/Literacy Impact Program

- Clover (S.C.) School District: $28,300 in support for salary, benefits and mileage of family educators in the Bright Beginnings Parenting Program

- Gaston College Foundation: $40,000 in salary and benefits for a success advisor in the StepUp program

- KIPP Charlotte: $50,000 in salary support for the KIPP Through College Program

- Right Moves For Youth in Charlotte: $40,000 in salary and benefits for a volunteer/engagement coordinator

- YWCA of the Central Carolinas: $42,500 in operating support for the Family Support component of the YWCA Youth Programs

Social Services

- Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte: $50,000 in operating support, specifically to augment available emergency financial assistance funds

- Friendship Community Development Corp. of Charlotte: $35,000 in operating support for My Sister’s House transitional housing program for women

- Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Inc.: $50,000 to support the representation of unaccompanied immigrant children in Charlotte immigration court

- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte: $44,400 in salary and benefits of an employment partnership coordinator

- Rutherford Housing Partnership: $15,000 to help support the cost of materials for urgent home repairs

- Safe Alliance of Charlotte: $50,000 for salary support of a community living advocate

- The Relatives: $45,000 for salary and benefits of transition specialists in the On Ramp Program

- Turning Point in Monroe: $50,000 in salary support for a bilingual domestic violence case manager and domestic violence counselor, as well as IT support

- YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina: $25,000 to support the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World anti-poverty program

Health Care

- Aids Leadership Foothills Area Alliance in Hickory: $30,000 to provide salary support for a medical case manager

- Charlotte Community Health Clinic: $52,000 for salary and benefits support for a triage nurse

- Community Care Clinic of Boone: $50,000 to fund the salary and benefits for two medical providers and a registered nurse

- HealthQuest of Union County: $50,000 in operating support contributing to the salary of a licensed pharmacist and purchase of generic medications and medical testing supplies

- Helping Hands Clinic of Caldwell County: $40,000 to help support its urgent care clinic

- NC MedAssist of Charlotte: $50,000 to provide operating support for pharmacist salaries and generic medication purchases

Since 1996, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded 1,809 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, totaling more than $82,100,000 to or-ganizations serving unserved or underserved populations.