(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) The McNabb Center is proud to expand access to care thanks to a grant award through the Tennessee Community CARES Program. The Center received $380,200, which will be used for personal protective equipment (PPE) expenses that have been incurred and will need to be replenished.

This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee and the funds will also be used to provide support to students and families in local schools. Youth and families in Knox County, Blount County, Maryville city, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge city and Newport/Cocke County schools will be provided access to resources to manage issues related to COVID-19, such as anxiety, depression and responding to positive cases within their communities. 

Governor Bill Lee announced the $150 million in Coronavirus Relief funds in July. The goal of the Tennessee Community CARES Program is to provide funding to non-profit organizations to allow them to respond to health and economic needs stemming from the impacts of COVID-19. The funding, provided through the Tennessee Department of Human Services, is administered by the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous strain on all aspects of our society, and non-profit organizations are no different,” Governor Lee said. “Non-profits play a vital role in ensuring Tennesseans’’ needs are met in times of crisis, and it’s imperative these organizations receive financial support to continue their work.”

The McNabb Center has been able to continue serving individuals with the most need and fewest resources during the pandemic thanks to grants and community donations. At the onset of the pandemic, programs across the McNabb Center saw an increased need for personal protective equipment, telehealth supplies and other items to ensure services could continue uninterrupted.

“We are thankful for local, state and federal funders, as well as individual and organizational donors who help us achieve our mission of improving the lives of the people we serve,” said Jerry Vagnier, McNabb Center president and CEO. “The Tennessee Community CARES funding will go a long way to positively impact individuals who are suffering because of the pandemic.”

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.

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