Refugee Elders Program Awarded The Healing Trust Grant

Posted 03/21/2019

The Catholic Charities of Tennessee Refugee Elders program recently received a $40,000 grant from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1,000,000 to 19 grantee partners in its most recent grant cycle.

The Refugee Seniors' grant will be used for direct services to support the health and well-being of refugee elders through group programming and case management, including transportation to and from program activities.

"This funding truly is critical funding for our Refugee Elders program," explained Jennifer Escue, Youth and Elders Services coordinator for the Refugee Services department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee. "It is life sustaining."

The program has two primary objectives, she added:
• To increase or maintain quality of life as Elders age by providing case management and weekly activities to assist in healing mental, physical, and emotional trauma; and
• To increase opportunities for healthy aging by giving them the skills and education necessary to overcome barriers caused by social isolation, lack of cultural understanding, and limited English language skills.

"We are deeply grateful for the life changing work done by these 19 grantee partners, "said President & CEO Kristen Keely-Dinger. "Their commitment to improving the health of the most vulnerable members of our community is inspiring.

Recipients of the grants include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on advocacy, 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 Healing Trust to over $91 million since 2002.

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About The Healing Trust: The mission of The 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 Trust, while created out of the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health/St. Thomas Health Services, is a private, independent foundation and is not affiliated with the St. Thomas Health Services or the St. Thomas Health Services Fund. Visit
About Catholic Charities of Tennessee: Catholic Charities of Tennessee, established in 1962, served 9100 unduplicated clients last year through approximately 70,000 service connections. Operating on behalf of the Diocese of Nashville, major areas of community involvement include refugee & immigrant services, adoptions & parental support, counseling, senior services, education & job training, and basic needs (including feeding, housing, and clothing assistance). The agency's service area is the Diocese's 38 Middle Tennessee counties. ~ The agency is a licensed child placement agency of the State of Tennessee. Its adoption program is Hague Accredited. Services are available to people of every religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial background. The Tennessee Office for Refugees is a Catholic Charities of Tennessee department. Visit or

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