Deshae Lott

determined sojourner

Deshae in official CMMS shirt

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries was founded in 2007 as a non-profit charity to support people seeking an uplifting path in their search for greater enlightenment, people searching for greater spiritual realization, and people determined to deepen the quality of their personal journeys. The non-profit offered this support primarily through small discussion or study groups, meditation groups, and individual spiritual guidance or counseling led by Deshae E. Lott. Certified Teachers for the group also include Renee Beyer, Susan Caldwell, Diane Boyd, Barbara Jarrell, and Christine Locke. For more than seven years the group convened weekly in the evening for meditation, lectures/presentations, discussions about presented materials, and prayer. Remote students (those who reside out of town and/or participate in group meetings via Internet interface, the telephone, email, and digital sound recordings) and absent students had access to digital recordings of weekly meetings and/or and digital or hard copies of study guide materials.

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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Lemonade for Sale
Read more about Deshae and of her life philosophy in her first essay collection,  Lemonade for Sale.