Moultrie Observer

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November 24, 2011

Grant to fund church outreach projects

MOULTRIE — A national foundation has provided a Moultrie church with money to support its outreach into the community.

The K.T. Community Foundation, founded by Kent Thiry and his wife, Denise O’Leary, recently announced its grant to Rapha Christian Fellowship but did not release the grant amount. Thiry is CEO of DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services.

According to Kayla Watson, Rapha’s program outreach coordinator, the fellowship will use the money to fund three programs:

• Clothing giveaways, held six times a year.

• Meals, held several times a year.

• The Dream Team, a group of volunteers who make repairs to homes.

Watson said this is the second year Rapha has received the grant from the KTC Foundation for these purposes.

Rapha, located at 1033 First St. S.E., has been serving Moultrie for about four years, according to a KTC Foundation press release.

“These events not only provide food, clothing and services to families in Southern Georgia, they provide family entertainment and directly impact their quality of life,” said Ginny Clunan, program coordinator for KTC. “We take pleasure in granting hope and a helping hand to the community of Moultrie.”

KTC Foundation benefits charitable programs supported by DaVita employees and their families, a foundation press release said. KTC donates money to non-profit organizations to fund community-based projects that leave a lasting impression on the community. Since its beginning in 2006, the KTC has given more than $210,000 in support of teammates’ charitable projects.

For more information or to help Rapha in its outreach, call Watson at (229) 529-9680.

“We’re always looking for partners to help us meet the needs in the community,” she said.

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