2021 Grants

On February 2, the Women's Fund of Smith County awarded six impact grants totaling $329,480 for 2021. They include Bethesda Health Clinic - $68,980, Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County - $62,000, Christian Women's Job Corps - $43,500, Literacy Council of Tyler - $50,000, People Attempting to Help (PATH) - $60,000, and St. Paul Children's Services - $45,000. This will bring the cumulative amount of grants awarded since 2009 to $2,305,635, impacting 29 agencies and countless lives. Thank you Women's Fund members!

Bethesda Health Clinic - $68,980

Core/General Operations

Bethesda Health Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry with a bold mission: to provide high-quality healthcare to hardworking low-income adults who are uninsured or underinsured. Dr. John English, CEO/Medical Director for Bethesda Health Clinic accepted a grant award totaling $68,980, which will be used to provide gynecological services, as well as to purchase related equipment.

Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County - $62,000

Core/General Operations

Terri Smith, CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County accepted a grant of $62,000, which will help replace funding historically raised through events the organization was forced to cancel due to the pandemic. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and strives to reduce trauma through a unified effort that facilitates thorough investigations, effective prosecutions and the healing of the children and their families

Christian Women's Job Corps - $43,500

Core/General Operations

A grant of $43,500 for Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler (CWJC) was accepted by Executive Director, Lesley Jones. The mission of CWJC is to equip women with life skills and job skills in a Christ-centered environment. The agency uses a holistic approach to prepare students to confidently transform their lives and achieve their career goals.

Literacy Council of Tyler - $50,000

Core/General Operations

Whitney Patterson, Executive Director of Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT), accepted a grant of $50,000 which will help cover additional costs over budget incurred as a result of the pandemic’s impact on LCOT’s ability to hold in-person classes. Technology costs, additional staffing required by the creation of virtual classrooms and ongoing training for teachers and staff will be funded as a result of this grant. Literacy Council of Tyler provides education for adults at any stage of life.

PATH (People Attempting to Help) - $60,000

Core/General Operations - Rent Assistance

Andrea Wilson, Executive Director for PATH, accepted $60,000 in funding which will help the organization provide rent assistance to clients, a service which represents PATH’s number one requested need during the grant request period. PATH seeks to restore hope with a personalized approach to empower its East Texas neighbors to thrive in our community.

St. Paul's Children's Services - $45,000

Core/General Operations 

Valerie Smith, pediatrician at St. Paul Children’s Services accepted a grant of $45,000, a total which will support the organization’s core programs. The mission of St. Paul Children’s Foundation is to empower children and families to thrive by meeting their physical, mental and spiritual needs. Its services include a pediatric medical clinic, pediatric dental clinic, counseling, food pantry, benefits enrollment assistance, and family education classes.