Grant will help Soteria provide more resources to previously incarcerated citizens

A $75,000 grant from Sun Trust Foundation will go toward matching savings program for participants

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Wes Wright (Senior President at SunTrust Bank), Mike Gatchell (Board Chair Soteria CDC), Jerry Blassingame (Founder Soteria CDC), Matt Giddens (community development manager, SunTrust Bank). Photo provided by Soteria CDC.

Soteria Community Development Corporation (Soteria CDC) provides financial planning skills, job training, affordable housing, and more to formerly incarcerated and low income citizens. The goal is to empower individuals with self-sufficiency.

The SunTrust Foundation recently recognized Soteria CDC’s efforts with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award and a $75,000 grant.

“The SunTrust Foundation is proud to recognize and support our local nonprofit that empower and strengthen the communities they serve,” Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation said in a press release. “Soteria CDC is making a meaningful impact with their programs to improve the financial well-being of the people who need it most.”

Soteria CDC is one of 36 nonprofits across the Southeast and Midwest presented with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award from the SunTrust Foundation, which gave a total of $2.7 million in grants to these nonprofits.

“We are honored to partner with the SunTrust Foundation,” said Jerry Blassingame, Soteria CDC founder. “This funding will be used to seed our matching savings program for participants in our program.”

This year’s Lighting the Way Awards recipients include:
• Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. (Lake Worth, FL)
• Arc Broward (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
• Brevard Rescue Mission, Inc. (Rockledge, FL)
• Centro Hispano de East Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
• Cincinnati Works (Cincinnati, OH)
• Communities In Schools of Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
• CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (Augusta, GA)
• Durham County Library Foundation (Durham, NC)
• Family & Children’s Service (Nashville, TN)
• Florida State College of Jacksonville Foundation (Jacksonville, FL)
• GO Northwest Housing Resource Center (Baltimore, MD)
• Goodwill Southeast Georgia (Savannah, GA)
• Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP) (Newport News, VA)
• Housing Opportunities Made Equal Of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
• HumanKind (Lynchburg, VA)
• Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship (Tallahassee, FL)
• Metanoia Community Development Corporation (North Charleston, SC)
• Metropolitan Ministries (Tampa, FL)
• NeighborWorks Columbus (Columbus, GA)
• NewTown Macon, Inc. (Macon, GA)
• North Fulton Community Charities (Roswell, GA)
• OAR Fairfax County (Fairfax, VA)
• Osceola Council on Aging (Kissimmee, FL)
• Reach Out First, Inc. dba StepUp Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
• RedZone Memphis, Inc. (Memphis, TN)
• Soteria Community Development Corporation (Greenville, SC)
• Start:ME Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
• Synapse (Tampa, FL)
• Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation (Norfolk, VA)
• The DEC Network (Dallas, TX)
• The Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center at Morgan State University
(Baltimore, MD)
• The MetroHealth Foundation (Cleveland, OH)
• The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (Durham, NC)
• The Women’s Resource (Houston, TX)
• Trinity Community Ministries (Atlanta, GA)
• Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Washington, DC)

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