Charis Health Center receives grant from the Healing Trust

Staff Reports • Sep 22, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Charis Health Center received a grant from the Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling more than $1 million in its most recent grant cycle.

The Charis grant was for $24,869 and will be used toward Charis’ affordable and quality care for the medically uninsured.

Charis Health Center provides primary health care to uninsured residents in the Middle Tennessee area. Despite the Affordable Care Act, health care is still not affordable to many hard-working people in the community. Charis serves the individuals and families in the coverage gap. Charis operates similar to a regular doctor's office, but it’s primarily staffed by volunteers. Through support from the community, Charis is able to limit the cost to patients to $25 for an office visit and $70 for a well-woman exam.

“We are deeply grateful for the life changing work done by these 30-grantee partners,” said the Healing Trust president and CEO Kristen Keely-Dinger. “Their efforts to improve the health of our community is inspiring, and we look forward to working in partnership with them.”

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.

Recipients of the grants include nonprofit 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 contributions bring the collective grant making of the Healing Trust to more than $77 million since 2002. The trust, while created out of the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health and Saint Thomas Health Services, is a private, independent foundation and is not affiliated with the Saint Thomas Health Services or the Saint Thomas Health Services Fund.

For more information on Charis Health Center, call 615-773-5785.

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