Delta Sigma gift

Be­stows gen­eros­ity on HER Faith Min­istries

The Commercial Appeal - - Faith -

When Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity Inc. hosted its 43rd South­ern Re­gional Con­fer­ence in Mem­phis in June, the 4,000 at­ten­dees fo­cused on the theme “A Sis­ter­hood Called to Serve: Trans­form­ing Lives, Im­pact­ing Com­mu­ni­ties.”

In ad­di­tion to do­nat­ing thou­sands of books for un­der­served chil­dren in the Mem­phis area, the soror­ity col­lected funds in sup­port of “HER Faith Min­istries Inc.,” an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides spir­i­tual guid­ance, outreach sup­port and as­sis­tance to peo­ple in need.

“At a time when so many women and chil­dren are be­ing neg­a­tively im­pacted by the eco­nomic down­turn, this gen­er­ous gift from the Deltas is so ex­tremely needed,” said Rev. Elaine San­ford, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of HER Faith Min­istries. “Women and chil­dren are among the most vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­ni­ties. We are so thank­ful to the Deltas for reach­ing out in this very mean­ing­ful way to help us to help these fam­i­lies.”

HER Faith Min­istries is com­mit­ted to chang­ing lives by pro­tect­ing chil­dren and em­pow­er­ing women and strength­en­ing fam­i­lies in the Mem­phis and Shelby County area. The group also pro­vides as­sis­tance with food and cloth­ing, tem­po­rary hous­ing, trans­porta­tion and other ser­vices.

HER Faith Min­istries op­er­ates three fur­nished houses for home­less women and chil­dren in the Mem­phis com­mu­nity.

“Con­sid­er­ing Delta Sigma Theta’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing our com­mu­ni­ties, we felt that the work of HER Faith Min­istries was an ex­cel­lent match for our outreach goals,” said Lois Gilder of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity Inc. “As women of faith and ser­vice, we un­der­stand that when women and their fam­i­lies are em­pow­ered, our com­mu­ni­ties are stronger, health­ier and more pro­duc­tive.”

Delta mem­bers of the South­ern Re­gion rep­re­sented chap­ters in Ten­nessee, Alabama, The Ba­hamas, Florida, Ge­or­gia and Mis­sis­sippi. The con­fer­ence was hosted by the Mem­phis Alumnae and Shelby County, TN Alumnae Chap­ters of the soror­ity.

Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity Inc. was founded in 1913 on the cam­pus of Howard Univer­sity to pro­mote aca­demic ex­cel­lence, pro­vide schol­ar­ships, pro­vide sup­port to the un­der­served, stim­u­late the es­tab­lish­ment of pos­i­tive pub­lic pol­icy and to pro­vide so­lu­tions for prob­lems in com­mu­ni­ties.

Delta Sigma Theta soror­ity has more than 900 chap­ters world­wide and has ini­ti­ated more than 250,000 mem­bers.

The soror­ity uses its Five -Point Pro­gram­matic Thrust of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment, in­ter­na­tional aware­ness and in­volve­ment, phys­i­cal and men­tal health, and po­lit­i­cal aware­ness and in­volve­ment to cre­ate its national pro­grams.

Ni­cole Jones (left); Tammy Sneed; Princess Jones; Pat Moore; Lois Gilder; Rev. Elaine San­ford, di­rec­tor of Her Faith Min­istries; Shirley Page, Shelby County alumnae chap­ter pres­i­dent; Alleshia White, Mem­phis alumnae chap­ter pres­i­dent; and Flo Roach...

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