The Commercial Appeal

Delta Sigma gift

Bestows generosity on HER Faith Ministries

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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...
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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