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Baptist Healing Trust Awards Nashville CARES $43,550 Grant

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nashville CARES recently received a $43,550 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust to assist the agency in meeting strategic goals and programmatic outcomes.

 

Last year Nashville CARES provided targeted HIV prevention education to almost 45,000 African American men and women, gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men, gay/bisexual/MSM of color, women, and youth.  Almost 16,000 individuals were tested/screened for HIV infection, with all those who tested positive linked into HIV medical care and provided with the support to remain optimally engaged in treatment.   They, along with 2,400 other Middle Tennessee men, women and children with HIV/AIDS and their families, also each received an individually tailored combination of supportive services, including case management, peer-based treatment education and system navigation support, emergency housing, rent/mortgage/utility assistance, individual/group counseling, outpatient substance abuse treatment, food bags and/or delivered meals, transportation assistance, insurance and dental assistance, practical help with daily tasks, and social activities.  Staff also offered agencies and companies workplace training and consultation and distributed more than 160,000 prevention materials throughout the community.

 

“We greatly appreciate the support of Baptist Healing Trust in helping CARES nurture an agency culture that puts Nashville in alignment with the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy,” said CEO Joseph Interrante. “We are equally honored by the trust in our accountability and stewardship embodied in this significant gift.”

 

Recipients of the contributions from Baptist Healing Trust 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 total almost $900,000 and bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $60 million since 2002.  “We are proud to help support 34 local non-profits working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable residents,” said  President & 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.