The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation of East Tennessee made nearly $700,000 in 2015 distributions to local charities and nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18.
The funds were awarded to programs serving Catholics and non-Catholics across the Diocese of Knoxville and East Tennessee.
Funding for the distributions initially was made possible through proceeds from the sale of the former St. Mary’s Hospital, but has increased since that time and has been supplemented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.
“The money from today’s announcements will go to assist some of the most vulnerable and needy neighbors in our region and is going to a diverse set of projects,” said the Most Rev. Richard F. Stika, Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville.
“This is an expression of our Catholic faith and continues the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, but it is, most notably, motivated by the love displayed in the Gospel and is available to people of all faiths.”
Thanks to the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, board member John Deinhart said more than $2.6 million has been distributed to charity, education and healthcare since 2011.
The distribution announcements were made at the new Catholic Charities of East Tennessee offices at 119 Dameron Avenue in Knoxville.
Organizations receiving 2015 funding include the following:
- $99,650 to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for the Office of Immigrant Services, expansion of Samaritan Place, growth of a transitional housing program and pregnancy assistance projects
- $22,000 to the Ladies of Charity of Knoxville for increasing nutritional options in the food distribution program, including the addition of fresh milk
- $15,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Newport for emergency assistance to residents of Cocke County
- $75,000 to the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a mobile doctor’s office serving rural East Tennesseans who are uninsured or underinsured
- $50,000 to assist Saint Joseph School with a recent addition of space at the school
- $20,000 to Holy Spirit Church in Soddy Daisy for a food pantry program and rent/mortgage and utilities assistance
- $1,000 to St. Mary’s Church in Athens for establishment of a giving center to include a food pantry and clothing closet
- $2,867 to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Mountain City for technology upgrade
- $175,000 to the Catholic Education Trust Fund for tuition assistance to needy families throughout East Tennessee
- $31,150 to assist Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga with needed security upgrades
- $2,700 to St. Dominic Catholic School in Kingsport to assist with classroom technology needs
- $20,000 to Our Lady of Fatima for the Family Promise program, which assists homeless families in Blount County
- $175,000 for the creation of the diocese’s Prince of Peace retreat center
- $5,000 to St. Therese of Lisieux in Cleveland for hosting of Remote Area Medical Clinic in Bradley County
- $5,000 to Alexian Brothers for a transportation program assisting 285 elderly individuals with access to the grocery store and healthy food options in Chattanooga
For more information, visit www.stmarylegacy.org.