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CMMS DESHAE LOTT MINISTRIES INC
October 14, 2011

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Outreach Program

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2007 by teacher and minister Deshae E. Lott, Ph.D., who has Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) requiring her to use a wheelchair and a ventilator, is awarding scholarships to people with physical disabilities pursuing education beyond bachelor's degrees. Few scholarships offer financial support for people with disabilities in their pursuit for certification and degrees beyond the bachelor's level. Since students with disabilities face extra expenses related to personal care that other students do not, the scholarships can help severely disabled scholars defray such costs.

The three 2011 scholarship winners are Park McArthur, who has Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD), holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Miami, and is in her second year of study at the Whitney Museum in New York City; Rebecca Parten, who has Multiple Pterygium Syndrome--Escobar Type and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan; and Philip Soen, who has Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and is working toward his Masters of Divinity (MDiv), with an emphasis on Biblical languages, at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. The three winners received scholarships between $750 and $1,500. CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc’s Outreach Program increased this year’s total scholarship award amounts by $1,250. We hope to continue increasing the amount of future scholarships and/or to award more scholarships by expanding CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc’s donor base.

QUALITY-OF-LIFE GRANTS
Lott’s nonprofit also offers quality-of-life grants to help people with disabilities stay in or return to their homes, avoiding institutionalization. The amounts offered for grants often will be smaller — $250 to $300 — unless funds can go directly to medical providers or to a special needs trusts existing on behalf of the applicant; such limits are otherwise necessary to avoid jeopardizing benefits and services, especially health insurance, that people currently receive or are on wait-lists to receive. The first grant recipient, Philip Soen who has CMT, was announced in December 2010; he was awarded $500.
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DEADLINES
The deadline for scholarship applications is July 1, and the winners are announced around Labor Day.

Applications for quality-of-life grants are accepted on an ongoing basis. Barring issues beyond the board's control, grant applicants are contacted within 6-8 weeks, and awards are announced each December.

FUNDING
The scholarships and grants are funded by donations.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information, including Outreach Program application forms, details about the 2010 recipients, and how to make tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship and grant outreach programs, visit www.deshae.org/cmms, visit http://www.facebook.com/?page=1&sk=updates&tid=1593159119698#!/pages/CMMS-Deshae-Lott-Ministries-Inc-Outreach-Program-Scholarships-and-Grants/109628669068487, or e-mail Deshae at deshaelott@hotmail.com.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might benefit from either aspect of the CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc Outreach Program. And please consider making a donation to CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc in order to help our Outreach Program expand and further the good, the help and hope, it can promote in the world!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

contributing to the welfare of individuals with severe physical disabilities and to the spiritual development of study group participants.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase our ability to expand our Outreach Program by a/increasing our donor base and b/increasing awareness of our program and c/increasing the number of individuals we can assist and the award amounts we can offer each of them

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Founder, President of organization.

CMMS DESHAE LOTT MINISTRIES INC
October 13, 2010

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Outreach Program CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2007 by teacher and minister Deshae E. Lott, Ph.D., who has Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) requiring her to use a wheelchair and a ventilator, is awarding scholarships to people with physical disabilities pursuing education beyond bachelor's degrees. Few scholarships offer financial support for people with disabilities in their pursuit for certification and degrees beyond the bachelor's level. Since students with disabilities face extra expenses related to personal care that other students do not, the scholarships can help severely disabled scholars defray such costs. SCHOLARSHIPS The first three scholarship winners are Jeff Lester, who is pursuing his master's degree in business and finance and has ALS; Tess Hazenberg, who is pursuing her master's degree in social work and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy; and Park McArthur, who has a master's degree and is studying art at a famous NYC art institute and has LGMD. The three winners received scholarships between $500 and $1,000. CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc hopes to increase the amount of future scholarships and/or to award more scholarships next year (and future years) by expanding its donor base. QUALITY-OF-LIFE GRANTS Lott’s nonprofit also offers quality-of-life grants to help people with disabilities stay in or return to their homes, avoiding institutionalization. The amounts offered for grants often will be smaller — $250 to $300 — unless funds can go directly to medical providers or to a special needs trusts existing on behalf of the applicant; such limits are otherwise necessary to avoid jeopardizing benefits and services, especially health insurance, that people currently receive or are on wait-lists to receive. The first grant recipients will be announced in December 2010. DEADLINES The deadline for scholarship applications is July 1, and the winners are announced around Labor Day. Applications for quality-of-life grants are accepted on an ongoing basis. Barring issues beyond the board's control, grant applicants are contacted within 6-8 weeks, and awards are announced each December. FUNDING So far, the scholarships and grants have been funded by donations Lott's nonprofit receives for her work conducting weekly study groups on spiritual topics and offering prayer and counseling support to participants. The organization's participants come from various faith backgrounds, and the Outreach Program awards are accordingly nondenominational and nonsectarian. CONTACT INFORMATION For more information, including Outreach Program application forms and how to make tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship and grant outreach programs, visit www.deshae.org/cmms, visit http://www.facebook.com/?page=1&sk=updates&tid=1593159119698#!/pages/CMMS-Deshae-Lott-Ministries-Inc-Outreach-Program-Scholarships-and-Grants/109628669068487, or e-mail Deshae at deshaelott@hotmail.com. Please share this information with anyone you know who might benefit from either aspect of the CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc Outreach Program. And please consider making a donation to CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc in order to help our Outreach Program expand and further the good, the help and hope, it can promote in the world!

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

assisting various individuals in their spiritual journeys as well as assisting various persons with severe disabilities with their education and quality-of-life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand both awareness of our Outreach Program as well as the donor base supporting the two parts of that program. We're eager to offer more help and hope to severely disabled individuals and their families and friends.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I founded it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Providing support for spiritual development as well as supporting severely disabled individuals enhance the quality of their lives

What is its top priority in the long run?

Providing support for spiritual development as well as supporting severely disabled individuals enhance the quality of their lives

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I founded the organization and serve as its president. .