Wilson County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) recently received a $21,000 grant from The Healing Trust and plans to use the funds to train and support volunteers to become advocates for children in court who have been abused or neglected.
"We are deeply grateful for the life-changing work done by these 26 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."
In all, The Healing Trust awarded funds totaling more than $1.1 million in its most recent grant cycle. 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."
In addition to Wilson County CASA, recipients of the grant monies 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 more than $76 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.