Catholic Charities’ Refugee Elders Program Receives Dollar General Literacy Grant

Posted 05/19/2014

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Refugee Services program. The funding will support the program's Refugee Elders initiatives addressing English language training.

"At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "It's exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people's lives."

The Catholic Charities grant was part of more than $6 million in awards presented this year by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to more than 700 schools, nonprofits, and literacy organizations across 40 states Dollar General serves to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs. Catholic Charities' grant was part of the $1.4 million distributed in Middle Tennessee.

"The grant is being used to fund direct services providing literacy training for refugees over the age of 50," explained Jennifer Escue, Youth and Elders services coordinator for Catholic Charities.

"Enhanced literacy is one of the primary target outcomes of the Refugee Elders program. This, along with improved physical well-being, less isolation, enhanced social connectedness, and increased awareness of available community services, is so important to the overall well-being of our clients," Escue added.

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