Baptist Healing Trust gives to Wilson County CASA

Staff Reports • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Wilson County CASA received a grant from the Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling more than $2 million in its most recent grant cycles.

In addition to its regular funding cycle, BHT held a special funding cycle for Affordable Care Act outreach, training and enrollment assistance. More than $800,000 will fund nonprofit agencies working in Middle Tennessee to help link people to affordable coverage.

“We are proud to help support 42 local nonprofits working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable residents,” said President and CEO 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.

Wilson County CASA’s grant totaled $19,700 and will be used for volunteer engagement and support. Wilson County CASA provides trained volunteers who advocate in court for child abuse victims.

Volunteers gather information from everyone involved in the case, making a special focus on the child, visits the child in his or her placement and submits a written report with recommendations to the court each time there is a hearing regarding the child's best interest, needs and wishes.

Each volunteer makes specific recommendations to the court regarding his or her assigned child. Volunteers are important to the court process because they have built relationships and trust with the children and families and often have more information than anyone else who is involved in the case.

Volunteers perform simple acts, such as researching records, locating relatives and building relationships, all which have extraordinary impact in the life of an abused child.

The grant will ensure Wilson County CASA’s volunteers have the resources and support that they need to advocate effectively for abused and neglected children.

Recipients of the contributions include nonprofit 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 bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $64 million since 2002.

The Baptist Healing Trust was created when Baptist Hospital in Nashville sold to St. Thomas Health Services, a ministry of Ascension Health in St. Louis, Mo. 

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