The Refuge Center for Counseling recently received the 1st Sabbatical Grant award from The Healing Trust


The Refuge Center for Counseling received a grant from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1.1 million to 19 nonprofits in its most recent grant cycle. The Refuge Center for Counseling’s grant was for $23,874 and will be used for Amy Alexander,

Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Refuge Center to take a 10-week sabbatical. The Refuge Center for Counseling exists to offer affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate and support individuals, couples and families in need. This year Refuge will provide over 16,000 counseling sessions for nearly 2,200 individuals.

The Sabbatical Grants program was created to support CEOs/Executive Directors of nonprofits who need to take some time for renewal in order to continue to effectively serve the nonprofit agencies that they have committed to leading. “Every leader owes themselves and their organizations the gift of sabbatical. That time away gives everyone a chance to test their wings and experience new ways of thinking. For the leader it may become a new discovery that (s)he can unplug completely and the yet the sun will still rise.” said President & CEO Dr. Cathy Self.

The mission of The Healing Trust, a private grant making foundation, is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy. Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on advocacy, physical health, mental health, recovery from alcohol and drug abuse or healing from abuse, neglect, and violence. This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of The Healing Trust to over $75 million since 2002. The Trust, while created out of the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health/St. Thomas Health Services, is a private, independent foundation and is not affiliated with the St. Thomas Health Services or the St. Thomas Health Services Fund.


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