In 1977, medical care in Fayette County was almost nonexsistent until Carroll Dozier and the Bishop of Memphis invited the Franciscan Sisters of Rochester, MN to assist in building the Rossville Health Clinic. Sister Elaine Wicks was sent by the Fanciscan Sisters of Rochester to serve but she stayed by choice. She served the people of Fayettte County in the Rossville Health Clinic, in the community schools, and in their homes.
In 1980, Fayette County Tennessee was the third poorest county in the United States. Today, while the county experiences record growth, the poor remain very poor, many in need of their "daily bread". But through the projects established by Sister Elaine Wicks, Project Outreach has made a significant impact in the in the lives of the people who call this rural community their home.
She spent much of her time ministering to the people of this community, until cancer took Sister Elaine in 1998. The Volunteers of Project Outreach continue her vision and dream to improve the nutrition, living conditions, access to clothing & school supplies for this underserved community. Ministering to needs and the condition of the human spirit for those who live in this rural community is at the heart of the mission of Project Outreach.
It is because of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers that we are able to continue to do this very important ministry set into motion by Sister Elaine Wicks.
Everything donated to Project Outreach goes directly to the families we serve in Fayette County. Our ministry staff are also volunteers and do not take any salaries for their efforts; so you can know that when you donate to this ministry, 100% of your donation will go directly to those who need your help the most.
Project Outreach is a non-denominational organization formed with a Franciscan Spirit, dedicated to serving and providing aid to the poor, the sick, the aged and the marginalized.
PROJECT OUTREACH, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
These are 'Save The Dates" Thank you to everyone who help with this ministry.
July 29 Last day to turn in school supplies & Workday at Incarnation after 12:15 Mass
Aug 3 OLPH Church, separating & individually sacking school supplies 8:45am after Mass
Aug 4 School Supply Distribution, Meet at Collierville WalMart at 7:00am (need 50 volunteers)
Aug 15 Food Distribution Day, Meet at Collierville WalMart at 8:00am
Sept 13 Food Distribution Day. Meet at Collierville WalMart at 8:00am
Oct 5 Set up for "Sister Elaine Wicks Memorial Day"
Oct 6 Sister Elaine Wicks Memorial Begins at 11am, 200 guests are invited
Nov 17 Thanksgiving Day Distribution, Meet at Collierville WalMart at 7:30am (need 60 volunteers)
Dec 9 Last day to bring in donations & Workday at Incarnation after 12:15 Mass
Dec 10 Work day sorting and packing at OLPH after 8:45 Mass
Dec 15 Christmas Distribution Day, Meet at Collierville WalMart at 6:30am (need 90 volunteers)
Jan 16 Food Distribution Day. Meet at Collierville WalMart at 9:00am for warmer temps
April 18 Easter Distribution Day "Holy Thursday" Meet at Collierville WalMart at 7:00am (need 60 volunteers)