Executive Director Bill Sinclair Presented with 2014 Commitment to Service Award by University of Tennessee College of Social Work
Bill Sinclair, executive director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee since 1986, was presented with the 2014 Commitment to Service Award by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville in late April 2014.
“Our college and our community have been the beneficiary of your many talents,” said Dr. Karen Sowers, Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. Sinclair taught fiscal management classes for nearly 20 years at the College’s Nashville campus, instructing many of today’s non-profit community leaders.
“An outstanding alum, you are the ultimate Big Orange volunteer…field instructor, adjunct, Advisory Board member,” Sowers continued.
“I want to personally thank you for all of your years of service to the UT College of Social Work.”
Sinclair was presented with the award in a special ceremony late last month. He was also honored via a 4 minute video including testimonials from coworkers and students.
Megan Stack, Family Assistance and Community Employment (FACE) Director, Named to Nashville Business Journal 2013 "Forty under 40" Class
Megan Stack, Family Assistance and Community Employment (FACE) director for Catholic Charities of Tennessee, was named one of Nashville’s “best and brightest rising rock stars in business” by the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ) on March 13, 2013 in a special ceremony at the Wildhorse Saloon.
“Nashville’s business community has tremendous talent working its way up the ladder,” explained Kate Herman, the NBJ’s president and publisher. “We are pleased to be able to identify these rising stars, like Megan Stack and the other honorees in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These honorees are tomorrow’s community leaders.”
Stack currently oversees several of the agency’s programs, including Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry, North Nashville Outreach, Hispanic Family Services, and the Job Training Center. She also manages twice-monthly perishable food distributions (one each in East Nashville and South Nashville) in cooperation with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
Catholic Charities Named Nonprofit Best in Business by Nashville Business Journal
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. was named Nonprofit Best in Business on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by the Nashville Business Journal in its annual “Best in Business” competition. The Agency was one of 32 finalists named in 5 categories, one of which was for nonprofit organizations.
“This is an award that we all share in,” wrote executive director Bill Sinclair in notifying staff, Board members, diocesan officials, and other supporters of the award. “The collective contributions of the board, the staff and volunteers, former board members, and support from the Diocese all played a key role in our agency receiving this notable recognition. We were selected due to our track record of quality services.”
Now in its 25th year, the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Business” recognizes outstanding achievement. For-profit companies are evaluated against like-sized organizations. Nonprofit organizations compete against each other. Catholic Charities of Tennessee was a nonprofit finalist in 2011.
Senator Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk Presented to Catholic Charities of Tennessee
The Senator Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk was presented to Catholic Charities of Tennessee on March 27, 2012 by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. The award was accepted by Catholic Charities executive director Bill Sinclair on behalf of the agency and, especially, its staff members who work daily to serve this vulnerable population. Established in 2008, with Senator Henry as the first recipient, the award recognizes those whose concern for children and families inspires and motivates others. (For more information, go to http://www.cctenn.org/node/392.)
Caring Choices Foster Mom Named Titans Foundation 2011 Community Quarterback
The Tennessee Titans named Caring Choices foster mom Sue Hillman as the 2011 Titans Community Quarterback Award Winner on February 20, 2012. Hillman received the annual award in recognition of the more than 100 babies for which she has provided foster care over the past 20+ years. Hillman's award earned a $10,000 grant from Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. and the Tennessee Titans Foundation for Catholic Charities of Tennessee. Sue was one of four volunteers recognized for their volunteer work with non-profit organizations throughout Tennessee. These volunteers were chosen based on their leadership and dedication to bettering their hometown communities. (For more information, go to http://www.cctenn.org/node/372.)
CFO Richard Neal Finalist in Nashville Business Journal Non-Profit CFO of the Year Competition
Catholic Charities of Tennessee Chief Financial Officer Richard Neal was honored on October 20, 2011 by the Nashville Business Journal as a Finalist in their 2011 CFO of the Year competition for the Non-Profit Division. (For more information, go to http://www.cctenn.org/node/299.)
2011 Finalist in the Non-Profit Best in Business Awards
On April 12, 2011 Catholic Charities of Tennessee was honored as a finalist in the Non-Profit category of the Nashville Business Journal's Best in Business Awards for 2011. William Sinclair, Executive Director, and several board members gathered to accept this in the name of the agency.
Catholic Charities USA Centennial Leadership Award
The Adoption Support & Preservation Program (ASAP) of Catholic Charities of Tennessee recently received the Catholic Charities USA Centennial Leadership Award in recognition of the program’s effectiveness in helping youth achieve stability -- and avoid poverty -- through adoption. The award was presented during the Centennial Year Poverty Reduction Summit conducted by Catholic Charities USA in Nashville which brought together more than 200 civic leaders, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders. Pictured at the award presentation are (left to right) Jan Clifton, ASAP Mid-Region Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Tennessee; Bill Sinclair, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee; and Father Larry Snyder, President and CEO, Catholic Charities USA.
ASAP was one of only three recipients in seven southeastern states to receive a Centennial Leadership Award. ASAP provides in-home therapeutic services, support groups, parent training, and community advocacy to families who adopt children from the State of Tennessee’s foster care system. Research continues to show the statistical correlation between foster care and poverty. The children in the adoptive families served by ASAP experience a stable adolescence and enter adulthood more prepared for independence.
Please visit our ASAP page to learn more about the program.
2008 Salute to Excellence Awards
Every fall the Center for Nonprofit Management hosts a dinner and presents nine awards and more than $155,000 to deserving nonprofit organizations and leaders. A premier event for Nashville's nonprofit, civic, and corporate communities; the awards recognize nonprofits for a job well done and reinforce the importance of effective leadership in the nonprofit sector.
The Baptist Healing Trust and Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award was created to recognize individuals who are providing care and/or assistance to the clients of a nonprofit agency and who are on the “front lines” of the service profession. Nejib Adem, who works with Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.'s Refugee Resettlement Program, was honored with this very special award.
As a self-sufficiency caseworker, Adem works to fulfill the mission of Catholic Charities to meet human needs and respect the dignity of all people, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency through encouragement, education and support. Adem created an evening workshop designed to teach men of the Somali Bantu how to help in the household. He used pictures of himself with his baby daughter tied to his back, helping his wife cook and clean to encourage men to help their wives and teach them that caring for their children is not unmanly.
The Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement recognizes excellence in Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations in three categories: Innovation in Action, Making a Difference, and Team Building. The winner in the Making a Difference Category was the Catholic Charities Refugee Youth Program. Through the Refugee Youth Program, Catholic Charities meets a need to educate the entire family to help them adapt to life in a new country. The program provides everything from comprehensive academic tutoring for children, to life skills education for parents.
Since implementing the program, 100% of parents who have participated have demonstrated a greater understanding of American culture, laws and schools and, 100% of school-aged children who have attended workshops over a six month period have increased their grades in at least one core subject.
Adoption Excellence Awards 2008
An annual program, the Adoption Excellence Awards grew out of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America's children waiting in foster care. The Adoption Excellence Awards honor states, local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, individuals and families who are making key contributions to increase the number of children in the foster care system who are adopted or placed in other permanent homes.
The Tennessee Adoptions Support and Preservation program was awarded the Support For Adoptive Families Award. The Tennessee Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) program is a successful collaborative initiative that was implemented in May 2004, with the support of Agape Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., Harmony Adoptions and Spaulding for Children. The ASAP program is designed as a life-long resource for the support and assistance of adoptive children and families, providing them with needs assessments, family and individual counseling, crisis intervention, support and education groups, advocacy and respite services and pre- and post-adoption resources. The program conducts statewide trainings to service providers, professionals and adoptive families and also holds regional conferences, which have been attended by up to 180 adoptive families and professionals. As a result of its efforts, the dissolution rate in families served by ASAP has gone from 1.3% in May 2004 to less than 1% in 2007.
The ASAP program has made substantial contributions through family support and advocacy and by recruiting adoptive families through some of the following services:
• Therapy/Crisis Intervention: Between May 2004 and June 2008, ASAP served 1,607 children and 4,821 family members.
• Resources for Adoptive Families: Informational and educational resources are provided to adoptive families through on-line articles and lending libraries.
• Adoptive Family Groups: 282 adoptive family support groups have been held statewide.
• Respite: 568 families statewide have benefited from respite services.
• Recruitment: ASAP draws upon adoptive families as advocates to recruit others in the community who may want to foster or adopt.
• Annual State ASAP Bike Tour: This 4 day bike ride to raise awareness of the need for more adoptive and foster families in Tennessee began in 2005 with six riders riding 433 miles. In 2006 the ride grew, attracting more than 75 riders and it was covered by news media.
2008 United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Advocate Award
This award is presented to organizations for their outstanding fundraising support of the United Way through excellent campaign organization and success, volunteer commitment, communications efforts and employee involvement. Catholic Charities is proud to be a good partner to the United Way and recipient of this award.
2010 Family Strengthening Award & Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant
In 2010, our Refugee Youth program won the Family Strengthening Award along with a $25,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Programs that demonstrate extraordinary ability to strengthen families are chosen for this honor. This prestigious award was given to only 3 programs in the United States. Jennifer Escue, the Youth Program Coordinator, accepted the award in Washington, D.C. at the Catholic Charities USA Centennial Celebration.
"This award is confirmation that visions can be transformed into actions and those actions can transform lives," said Escue who helped start the Refugee Youth Program in 2004. The program now serves more than 200 refugee youth and their families.