The Cherish the Children Foundation (CCF), the corporate fundraising arm for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home (SMCH), has recently been awarded two grants totaling $35,000.
The foundation received word on Thursday from the Clayton Foundation that they will be getting $25,000 beginning next month. The grant monies will be paid out over five years, at $5,000 per year.
They also received a $10,000 grant last week from the Luther and Stella Ogle Foundation in Gatlinburg.
“The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home provides therapeutic residential care for abused, dependent, neglected and other at risk children and youth,” said Cherish the Child Foundation Director, Todd Rose.
The children’s home, established in 1920, is a residential program for children aged 5 through 17 who live in cottage-type dwellings. The home is fully licensed by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services offering individual and milieu therapy, supervised recreation, health services and public school education.
The children’s home is sponsored by the Cherish the Child Foundation which exists to raise support, funds and awareness for SMCH.
This is the first two grants that the foundation has received since its inception, 14 months ago. “We’re really excited about these grants,” said Rose, “and I’d like to express my gratitude to these two foundations and the board members for their support.”
Rose said that CCF hasn’t decided yet what it will do with the money. “This is decided on a quarterly basis and we’ll be meeting in a few months to decide what to do,” he said.