Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) has distributed $6,600 in grants to eight small nonprofit organizations in West Tennessee through the Jackson Deanery Development Committee (JDDC) grant process.
The JDDC program uses 25 percent of the donations collected for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at churches throughout the Catholic Diocese of Memphis to fund these important efforts. A committee that includes Bishop David P. Talley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis; Fr. Robert Marshall, Vicar General of the Diocese of Memphis; Catholic Charities staff and members of the West Tennessee Catholic community made the following grant selections for West Tennessee non-profits that applied to the program.
Such grants are very important to ministries like WE CARE, said Betty Baker, director of WE CARE Ministries, Inc. "As a ministry, WE CARE does not apply for or receive government funding. The opportunity to apply for faith-based grant support like the JDDC is vital to our ministry efforts. The faith-based grants offer us the opportunity to expand our programs to assist those in need within our community.’’
Baker added, “We appreciate our local St. Jude Catholic Church for sponsoring us each year, as well as their many members that faithfully volunteer at our mission center. All of us working together do indeed make a difference.”