The Baptist Healing Trust Awards Grant to Tennessee Respite Coalition

The Tennessee Respite Coalition received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1.2 million in its most recent grant cycle.  “We are proud to help support 22 local non-profits working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable residents,” said President and CEO Dr. Cathy Self.  The mission of the Baptist Healing Trust, a private grant making foundation, is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy.

The Tennessee Respite Coalition’s grant was for $34,745 and will be used to provide respite funding to family caregivers of individuals across the lifespan and support Senior Companion Volunteers in their work to provide respite. Family caregivers need respite, essentially, temporary relief, to escape from their full time job of caring for their loved ones with a disability. Their job is one that lasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and does not include vacation time, sick time, or holidays. Respite is an important family preservation and family support service. Planned respite and crisis respite are vital parts of the continuum of family services intended to reduce stress, support family stability, prevent abuse and neglect, and minimize the need for out-of-home placements.

Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on physical health, mental health, recovery from alcohol and drug abuse or healing from abuse, neglect, and violence.  This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $66 million since 2002.  The Baptist Healing Trust was created when Baptist Hospital in Nashville sold to St. Thomas Health Services, a ministry of Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, call Jennifer Abernathy, TRC executive director, at (615) 269-8687.

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