Knoxville, TN – In 2011, East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving – Neighbors caring for Neighbors. To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what the Foundation does in our 25-county service area, ETF has awarded one of 25/$2,500 grants (one grant to a nonprofit in each of the 25 counties we serve) to Mt. Hope Good Shepherd Center in Sevier County ( Support for this grant comes in part from the John B. and Patsy Waters Fund of East Tennessee Foundation. The grant was hand-delivered on September 1, 2011, to a grateful staff and volunteers.

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Center’s website explains that they are the only health care ministry in Sevier County that exclusively treats the medically uninsured. Since the population of Sevier County is largely based on tourism and many jobs are seasonal in nature, many citizens are without medical insurance. The Center’s clinic provides primary medical care, limited dental care, and helps patients apply for pharmaceutical assistance. In addition to general medicine, the Center provides follow-up care and education for those patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. They treat the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.  ETF grants have supported the accessible, affordable, quality healthcare that they provide for the medically uninsured of Sevier County.

The overall objective of our 25th Anniversary Celebration is to bring greater awareness and understanding throughout East Tennessee of how East Tennessee Foundation works with donors and through nonprofits in the region and how each person in our service area can have a relationship with the Foundation.

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