By 2010 CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc began using organizational donations to award quality-of-life grants and scholarships to individuals with documented disabilities. In its first nine years, CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc. provided 57 different awards totaling over $40,000. Awardees so far have been in 22 different states: Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Through this Outreach Program the organization’s participants meet 501(c)3 status because they strive
· to offer some relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged;
· to work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination;
· to demonstrate reverence for life including respect for human and civil rights;
· to support community improvements; and
· to facilitate and participate in constructive communications among fellow citizens.
Quality-of-life grant recipients have applied funds to accessibility modifications for their homes, travel expenses related to treatment, durable medical equipment, other medical and personal care supplies, dental care, and home-based caregiving expenses that help them avoid institutionalization.
The post bachelor’s degree scholarship recipients have used awards to fund care givers, medical equipment, and tuition expenses during a course of study at graduate or professional school including the fields of business administration and finance, information, social work, law, art, and divinity.
The non-profit's Outreach Program embodies a long-held vision of Deshae's to provide fellow persons w/severe physical disabilities the kind of help and hope that has been and remains so instrumental to her life and work.
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|Read more about Deshae and of her life philosophy in her first essay collection, Lemonade for Sale.|