Charis receives grant from The Healing Trust

From left, Janice Durnberger, treasurer, Charis Board of Directors; Jennifer Oldham, The Healing Trust program and communications officer; Charis Executive Director Lea Rowe and Charis Mt. Juliet Clinic Director Shirley Whittaker.

Mt. Juliet-based Charis Health Center has received a grant for nearly $25,000 from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1 million during its most recent grant cycle.

The grant monies will be used toward Charis’ efforts to provide affordable, quality care for the medically uninsured.

Charis Health Center provides primary health care to uninsured residents in the Middle Tennessee area. Charis operates similar to a regular doctor’s office but is primarily staffed by volunteers. Through support from the community, they are able to limit costs to patients to $25 for an office visit and $70 for a well-woman exam.

“We are deeply grateful for the life-changing work done by these 30 grantee partners,” said The Healing Trust President and CEO Kristen Keely-Dinger. “Their efforts to improve the health of our community are inspiring, and we look forward to working in partnership with them.”

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.

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 contributions bring the collective grant-making of The Healing Trust to more than $77 million since 2002. 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.

To learn more about Charis Health Center, call (615) 773-5785.

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