The Commercial Appeal
Delta Sigma gift
Bestows generosity on HER Faith Ministries
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.