Catholic Charities Save-A-Smile program, other outreach groups, earn Caritas awards

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the Spring 2017 grant cycle. These grants bear the name of one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in omnibus caritas, meaning “in all things charity.”

Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting basic needs of underserved individuals and families living in poverty in South Carolina. These organizations often act as a lifeline in their communities and provide valuable services to those most in need. In total, 47 organizations were awarded Caritas spring 2017 funding for a total of $112,200 so they may continue providing services to individuals and families in South Carolina.

One of the recipients is Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston – Piedmont Deanery, which received $1,500 for its Save-A-Smile initiative. The program’s purpose is to assist low-income adults with replacement dentition. For those who are uninsured or unable to see a dentist regularly, lack of care can lead to needing dentures, which many cannot afford and are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Covering this cost restores participants’ ability to eat healthy foods, obtain employment, and to simply smile. (Located in Greenville; also serving Anderson, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Oconee, and Pickens)

Other outreach organizations to receive Caritas grants include:

Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson

Angels Charge Ministry, located in Spartanburg; also serving Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, Cherokee, Union

Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island, Charleston

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, Charleston

CareFIRST Carolina Foundation, located in Darlington; also serving Lee, Chesterfield, Dillion, and Marlboro

Center for Community Services, located in Greenville; also serving Laurens

Charleston Jewish Federation, located in Charleston; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley

Cherokee County Free Medical Clinic, Cherokee

Circle of Hope Ministries, located in Beaufort; also serving Jasper and Hampton

Columbia Oral Health Clinic, located in Richland; also serving Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Spartanburg, and Sumter

East Cooper Ecumenical Network, located in Charleston; also serving Berkeley

East Cooper Meals on Wheels, located in Charleston; also serving Berkeley

EmmanuWheel, located in Lexington; also serving Richland, Aiken, Saluda

Family Promise of Beaufort County Inc., located in Beaufort; also serving Berkeley

Family Promise of Pickens County, Pickens

Food Bank of Greenwood County, Greenwood

Four Holes Indian Organization Edisto Tribal, located in Dorchester; also serving Colleton, Charleston, and Orangeburg

Free Medical Clinic, located in Richland; also serving Lexington, Fairfield, Sumter, Newberry, Aiken, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Kershaw, Charleston, Greenville, Edgefield, Horry, Clarendon, Laurens, Bamberg, Abbeville, Saluda, Anderson, and Hampton

Golden Corner Food Pantry, Oconee

Greer Relief & Resources Agency, Greenville and Spartanburg

Hands of Christ, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Laurens, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg

Harvest Hope Food Bank, located in Richland; also serving Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillion, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter

Help 4 Kids Florence, Florence

Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Horry

ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic, located in Charleston; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester

Loaves & Fishes, Greenville

Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area, located in Charleston; also serving Berkeley, Dorchester

Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head, Beaufort

MedNeed of SC, located in Lexington; serving Statewide

Mercy Medicine Clinic, located in Florence; also serving Williamsburg

North Family Community School, Orangeburg

Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Oconee

Operation Sight, located in Charleston; Serving Statewide

Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Richland

Second Helpings, Inc., located in Beaufort; also serving Jasper and Hampton

Senior Resources, Richland

Sistercare, located in Richland; also serving Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield

Smith Medical Clinic, Georgetown

SNAC (Shelter and Nutrition for All Children), Florence

Timmonsville Boys & Girls Club, Florence

Union County Carnegie Library, Union

United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County, Abbeville

Vital Aging of Williamsburg County, Williamsburg

Volunteers in Medicine, located in Beaufort; also serving Jasper

Winfield Heights Baptist Church, located in Barnwell; also serving Aiken and Orangeburg

York County Free Clinic, York

Nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of the poor in South Carolina who are interested in learning more about the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s grant guidelines are encouraged to visits our website at

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.