Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to Family Care Center of Catawba Valley Inc. in support of a full-time social worker and life-skills workshops.

“One of the Foundation’s goals is to promote systemic change,” said Jane Earnest, executive director of Family Care Center. “Assisting homeless families with case management by a full-time social worker brings continuity and availability to the families in the program. We are very grateful for the support received from the Sisters of Mercy Foundation,” she added. “This financial assistance will have an important impact on so many of our homeless families as they work towards self-sustainability.”

Additionally, support will be provided for supplies for the various life-skills workshops offered to the families during their stay at Family Care Center. These workshops include budgeting, parenting, Bible Study, cooking and nutrition, school tutoring, arts and crafts and even yoga.

Since 1996, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded 1,575 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, totaling more than $70 million to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.

Family Care Center has served the Catawba Valley area for 26 years and in 2013 provided services to 62 families that included 85 adults and 123 children.