Catholic Charities of Tennessee is receiving $7.3 million in state grant funds to expand social services to 10 Middle Tennessee counties, but part of the organization’s model is based on liberal services performed in Nashville.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) said it is giving $50 in grants to 23 organizations and educational entities through its Two Generation (2Gen) approach.
These grants will put close to $50 million into innovative programs that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security.
Each grant is funded through federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program dollars and approved through a collaboration with the Tennessee General Assembly.
Catholic Charities said the program is called “Tennessee Serves Neighbors” and will create new family resource centers in 10 counties over the next two years. They will add services this year in Montgomery, Maury, Marshall, Bedford and Coffee counties. In 2021, the program will expand to Grundy, Warren, White, Dekalb and Putnam counties.
DHS and Catholic Charities identified counties with high levels poverty and reliance on free or reduced school lunches, where Catholic Charities is likely to have a fast impact.
Catholic Charities Executive Director Judy K. Orr said the program will provide job training, life skills, help build stable families and work with healthcare providers.
Catholic Charities said its grant application included a focus on building and operating family resource centers, impacting multiple generations, creating jobs and “leveraging the vast Catholic Church parish network.”
The organization touted its experience operating similar programs at the McGruder Family Resource Center and Casa Azafrán in Nashville.
One of McGruder’s specialties is refugee resettlement, according to its page at Catholic Charities’ website.
Casa Azafrán’s website said its partners include not only Catholic Charities but also Metro Nashville Public Schools, the American Muslim Advisory Council and Conexión Americas.
Officials associated with Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council have previously said the U.S. Constitution “is a document that writes white supremacy into law” and endorsed proselytizing in schools, The Tennessee Star has reported.
Conexión Américas is an affiliate of The National Council of La Raza, now known as UnidosUS, which has ties to George Soros and advocates for policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or “Dreamers,” The Star reported.
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