FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 20, 2020
Public Information Officer
SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES “OUR FAITHFUL COMEBACK” TO SUPPORT SMALL FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS SET UP LIVE-STREAMING OF SERVICES
Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones and County Commissioner Reginald Milton announce the launch of the “Our Faithful Comeback”, a fund to help small, faith-based organizations with 100 or fewer active members set up a virtual option for congregation services. Again, churches, synagogues, and other small, faith-based organizations in Shelby County are eligible to receive technical assistance paid for by Shelby County to set up a virtual live-stream option for services.
Shelby County has set aside $150,000 in CARES funding to support the technical assistance and set up at these small, faith-based organizations. Qualified applicants may apply at covid19.shelbycountytn.gov and click the “Our Faithful Comeback Grant” link. At the link, organizations will have the option to choose between technical assistance, equipment, and installation for live-streaming of services OR $1,500 for reimbursement grant for personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases that were made necessary because of COVID-19. Organizations can apply while funds last.
Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones: “Some residents in Shelby County rely on places of worship for their most critical needs, including food ministries, clothing ministries, and so much more. When places of worship cannot offer virtual services, there is a risk of not having a way to communicate with their members or community. Our Faithful Comeback ensures smaller faith-based organizations stay connected and safe to remain operational during this time.”
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris: “Faith-based organizations are where we go to nourish our faith. In addition, our community depends on our churches, synagogues, and mosques to serve some of our most vulnerable populations. Several small faith-based organizations in Shelby County closed their doors to slow the spread of COVID and, as a result, they have struggled to stay connected to their members. We hope this program puts these organizations in a position to re-connect with their members safely.”
Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton: “The impact of COVID-19 has affected many, including faith leaders. It has caused some places of worship to close indefinitely. Although some places have been able to re-create connection through virtual services, smaller places of worship do not have the finances or know-how to support this. It is an honor to support a grant that will deliver to these organizations the means to connect with the communities.”