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RESCUING CHARITY WORKSHOP this Saturday!
Charity is foundational to the Christian faith. But what if we’ve been doing it wrong? What if we are hurting those we are trying to help? Compassion Coalition along with Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Emerald Youth Foundation, Girl on the Roof, Hardin Valley Church of Christ, Knoxville Leadership Foundation, and The Restoration House are sponsoring a free workshop on Saturday, January 25 featuring Steve Corbett, the co-author of When Helping Hurts.
The Rescuing Charity workshop is a two-part, collaborative educational series for individuals, churches and nonprofit organizations involved in serving under-resourced populations. The series is designed to
- Examine the biblical foundation for charity,
- Challenge traditional methods and motives for giving, and
- Stimulate collaborative dialogue that leads to creative, effective and sustainable solutions.
The workshop will be held at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, 37923 from 9am to 3pm. To register (required) or for more information, visit the website at http://www.rescuingcharity.com.
Taking Applications Now!
We are currently collecting applications for the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World classes to be held in 2014. Each 16-session class will meet for 2 hours, and both a meal or snacks and child care are provided. Transportation assistance is available, and participants, known as Investigators, will be expected to explore information that is relevant to their lives and provide valuable information to our community. The Investigators are compensated for their time, participation, and information. In partnership with a variety of entities planning to hold the Getting Ahead classes, we will offer them in a variety of locations in our community. Between now and the end of this year we are fast at work planning out all of the details. As soon as we have them, we will share them with you.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for an upcoming Getting Ahead class, please fill out the Getting Ahead Application and return it in to us. We will contact each applicant to come in for an interview.
Our first Getting Ahead class graduated on November 3, 2013, and we couldn’t be prouder of our class of 7, pictured here:
One of our graduates reports that since class, he’s opened a savings account and is working more hours at his job, where he’s also received a raise. Another graduate is building her spiritual resources and working hard to transform her dream into a plan of opening her own non-profit. And another graduate has gone back to school!
Trinity Health Foundation Awards over $700,000 in Grants to Five East Tennessee Nonprofits
Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2013 – The Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, successor to Mercy Health Partners Foundation, today announced it has awarded over $700,000 in grants to five local nonprofits to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of East Tennessee. Through its grant process this year, the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee has awarded nearly $1.0 million in grants to local nonprofits.
“We could not be more proud to provide support to these five initiatives that we believe will make great strides in improving the quality of life and health of those in East Tennessee,” said Dr. Lee Martin, President of the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. “We also want to thank all those who have contributed their time and resources to Trinity through past efforts with the Mercy Health Partners Foundation. Together we can continue to make a significant impact on the health of the East Tennessee community.”
Formerly known as the Mercy Health Partners Foundation serving the needs of Mercy Health Partners, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee was established as an independent foundation in 2011 when the non-profit Mercy System was purchased by Tennova. Trinity’s predecessor, Mercy Health Partners Foundation, was formed in 2008 from the merger of two non-profit systems, St. Mary’s Health System and Baptist Health System of East Tennessee, whose foundations’ philanthropic activities benefited East Tennessee for more than twenty-five years.
The 2013 Phase II health initiative grant recipients include:
- Breakthrough Corporation ($150,000) - Employment Opportunities for Jobseekers with Disabilities. Breakthrough Corporation will initiate Project SEARCH, a program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Knoxville area, which will provide them with life enriching new opportunities for employment in well-paying, skilled jobs. Two sites of the nationally acclaimed Project SEARCH program will be established at leading Knoxville employers. Project SEARCH provides people with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities with nine-month internships that include coursework and training rotations through three jobs at an employer’s workplace. Upon completion, interns are hired by either the host employer or other collaborating employers.
- Compassion Coalition ($150,000) – The Future Story Project. Compassion Coalition will develop through Getting Ahead classes The Future Story Project which will serve Knox County residents who wish to escape from the economic environment of poverty and long to build a better future for themselves and their families. Each Getting Ahead class composed of 10 – 12 individuals, known as Investigators who currently live in poverty, will perform extensive self-analysis of the impact that living in poverty has on their lives. They will explore how their lives can change, situations can improve, and stability can be achieved for themselves and their families. Each Getting Ahead graduate will have the opportunity to be matched with 2 or 3 allies, or volunteers from the community, who are committed to provide ongoing support in a long-term capacity.
- Emerald Youth Foundation ($150,000) – Transformation Through Sports. Emerald Youth Foundation will provide a program for kids to be physically active and be transformed through sports. An urban soccer program is being developed and, at full capacity will grow to reach over 500 young athletes in Knoxville’s poorest communities. Emerald will run soccer programs, providing opportunities for urban kids and young adults to experience this sport, support and/or create school programs if they don’t exist, and expand its ministry opportunities among the players and their families.
- InterFaith Health Clinic ($126,000) – InterFaith Living Well Program. Interfaith Health Clinic will hold training classes called The InterFaith Living Well initiative, which aims to improve the health and overall quality of life of working uninsured individuals suffering from chronic disease. IF Living Well will lead participants through a six-week workshop aimed at educating and motivating chronic disease sufferers to make good health choices that will help them manage their disease. IF Living Well aims to affect an improvement in participants’ knowledge about their condition, daily health choices that impact their disease, exercise habits, and communication with physicians.
- University of Tennessee Medical Center Department of Pastoral Care ($150,000) – Continuing Education in Medical Pastoral Care for East Tennessee Spiritual Leaders. The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Department of Pastoral Care will address the spiritual needs of the Knoxville area’s medical community by providing training in clinical pastoral care to community spiritual leaders and volunteers associated with area hospitals’ chaplaincy programs. By engaging volunteers and the spiritual leaders which the community already trusts, they can help minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of all in medical crisis, independent of hospital, faith or the current or future availability of funds for hospital chaplaincy programs.
In April, 120 non-profit organizations submitted Phase I proposals addressing five 2013 grant initiative topics. The 2013 grant initiatives included proposals that addressed access to preventive care, healthy life choices, mental health and addiction recovery, family strengthening, as well as open topics. From these, 16 winners were awarded a total of more than $200,000 for Phase I project planning efforts. After planning and research, in-depth Phase II proposals were submitted and five Phase II winners were selected. Topics for the five Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee’s initiatives were determined following discussions with community health leaders, community roundtable discussions, and review of studies done on the health needs for Knox and surrounding communities last year.
Doug Banister Gives Away His New E-Book to Knoxville
Compassion Coalition hosted luncheon featuring Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live
Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church, was the feature speaker at the Compassion Coalition Salt & Light Community Luncheon on Thursday, April 25th at Messiah Lutheran Church. At that time, Banister discussed his new e-book Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live, which is available for free to you and the entire community!
For the past 15 years, God has been revealing to Doug Banister, Pastor of All Souls Church, how God’s people can love and serve their city. During those 15 years, Doug says,
“Slowly it dawned on me. God had put me in my own city to seek its peace… I began praying a dangerous prayer: God, what does it mean for me to seek the peace of my city?”
After months of research and lots of interviews, in the fall of 2012 Doug preached a ten-part sermon series on Jeremiah 29:7. His new e-book, Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live grew out of those sermons and explores the different ways that we can better love and serve Knoxville.
In the prologue of his e-book, Doug says,
“I believe every Christian in our community is called by God to seek the peace of our city. I believe this calling applies to you no matter where you live in our community. It’s not enough to care only about our little corner of the city. We need to care about every neighbor in our city, specifically those who experience shalom the least. We don’t all need to move to an at-risk neighborhood, volunteer at an inner city non-profit, or attend an inner city church, but we do need to care about those who suffer a few miles from our doorstep. We don’t need to stop taking mission trips to cities thousands of miles away, but we do need to pay attention to the weak and vulnerable right here at home.”
Download your own copy and explore what it means to seek the peace of our city.
Following are quotes from Banister’s book:
“Cities are like people. They have their own stories, and Knoxville is no exception. Sometimes people try to help our city without letting her tell her story first, and this usually does not work out too well. Before we seek the peace of the city, we need to listen to our city’s story. ” pp 21
“People in shalom-deprived neighborhoods are weary of drive-by compassion. They are tired of feeling like somebody’s project.” pp 56
“In recent years, I have come to believe that event-driven compassion ministry is not the best way to bring shalom to the city. In fact, I think it often does more harm than good. One-time projects, heavily funded by wealthy suburban churches, disempower and disrespect the churches and people they aim to help. Whenever we do something for a struggling neighbor that we could have done with them, we have not helped them, no matter how sincere our intentions. What at-risk neighborhoods need are people who are willing to commit to a long-term, relational presence in the neighborhood. Practicing presence means listening. Practicing presence means waiting. Practicing presence means watching and joining in with whatever God is already doing in the neighborhood. It’s slow and messy, and you usually don’t take home a t-shirt.” pp 57
Every week, on Monday afternoons, we send an email to over 2,000 people who have signed up to receive our Bulletin Board email. Each week the Bulletin Board highlights a variety of upcoming trainings, volunteer opportunities, available resources, local needs, and other announcements. Did you know that each Monday we update the website with that week’s Bulletin Board. It can be found here. Did you know we also post it on our Facebook page? You can sign up to receive the email by clicking on the envelope link below the donate button on this page, top right.
Compassion Coalition has a calendar of non-profit fundraisers on the website. With local non-profit fundraiser information in the same place, organizations can use this calendar to avoid scheduling on the same day. If you would like us to put your fundraiser date on our calendar, please send the date, location, and time to Jessica@compassioncoalition.org.
The calendar can be viewed here: http://www.compassioncoalition.org/community-partner-fundraisers