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Our Board of Directors...

Carrying on with Sister Elaine Wicks vision of service is our Board of Directors' focus.  We are dedicated to serving those in need in the unique rural setting of Fayette County.  

We understand the uniqueness of rural ministry.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with individuals, small business owners, and  corporate donors about how their contributions can be of tremendous help to those in need in an area that does not have access to the similar ministry servicies usually found in larger and more urban settings.  Project Outreach is a ministry that provides direct assistance to those in Fayette County who are in great need.

We welcome your inquiries and your generous support of our efforts through Project Outreach.  Our Board meets each quarter to plan on how to address the needs ahead of us.  We are making progress in meeting the needs of this underserved commuity.  For example, we are now implementing a special program to address the nutritional needs of our Fayette County population that has been impacted by type 2 diabetes and low-quality nutrition.  We do this by supplying some sugar-free items and diabetic food alternative choices from our pantry and fresh vegetables from local gardens.

We also secure donors for providing scholarships for college education opportunities to graduates of the Fayette Ware High School.  Currently we have one perpetual scholarship that has been funded and we are currently seeking additional donors to expand our scholarship offerings to allow more students the opportunity for self-development through higher education.

We are also seeking donors and sponsors to provide computers for high school juniors and seniors and college students who pass through our Project Outreach programs.

Please contact us directly and let us know you are interested in learning more about how you can support Project Outreach.

Project Outreach Board of Directors

Officers
Shona Moore: Director
Deirdre Barker: Recording Secretary; Delana Lynch: Vice-Director;
Dianne Capkavic: Treasurer; Sarah D’Addabbo: Communications Secretary

Open Board Members:
John Cura, Rachael D’Addabbo, Jenny Fehrenbacher, Danielle Henley,
Gretchin Kirk, Rita Stewart, Latanya Williams, Teresa Wilson

Board Officers

Shona Moore

Director;
OFS President

Shona Moore, OFS (Order of Secular Franciscans), has been the director of Project Outreach, Inc. since 1998. She continues to work passionately to improve quality of life for individuals and families in the Fayette County TN area. Her practice of living with a Franciscan Spirit attracts the admiration of others who want to feel the joy of service. She seems serious about her motto,  “When it’s no longer fun, I quit”.  Each organization Shona has directed has grown in number of joy filled volunteers and services offered.

Shona was an accomplished symphonic musician at a young age, earning first chair clarinet in the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing clarinet in several other orchestras,  earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory and Composition, playing woodwind books in theater groups and saxophone in dance bands. She was president of a Garden Club in Mobile Alabama and was successful starting two chapters of Signa Alpha Iota, Professional Music Fraternity.

After taking time out to raise her and Deacon Phil’s three sons, she re-entered the work force as a church Music Director in Mobile, then Germantown and Memphis, TN. When Sister Elaine Wicks, the founder of Project Outreach was leaving Memphis in 1998 because of cancer, to return to her monastery in Rochester, she asked Shona if she would keep Project Outreach mission running. Shona says her reply was, “What do you say to a dying nun.”

Shona understands the language of friendship, enjoys people and is equally comfortable in a wooden shack or the summer home of the Pope. She loves watching baseball, fishing, and playing sports with her grandchildren,. Shona and her husband of 45 years, Deacon Phil Moore can almost always be found together, serving others.

Believing in the precept that both health and educational levels of students, can be advanced by simply supplementing existing poor diets with nutritious food, Shona has not allowed a break in service and is preparing for this ministry to serve for decades to come.  Sr Elaine had the vision.  Living by her principals for 40 years, the progress, especially in education, is astounding. Shona and the other volunteers have no doubt of the positive affect Project Outreach has had in the lives of families they serve.

A favorite statement of Shona’s is: “If a student starts school without his/her school supplies, he/she is already one day behind.”

Delana Lynch

Vice-Director

After 15+ years of helping to serve with Project Outreach I have learned to love this community of our sisters and brothers. I have seen their struggles, their faces, their successes, their losses, and their ongoing need for our help. I have experienced how one bag of groceries once a month, with extra food at holidays can ease their lives if even just a little and bring a smile to their faces.

My expression to others who question: "You need to walk in their shoes, not just for a day but for a whole week and see what your reaction would be." It has been an extraordinary journey to be able to help our neighbors. And, yes, it brings more than just a smile to my face. It has been a reality check! I will be forever grateful for this life experience and the opportunity to serve this community.

Diane Capkavic

Treasurer

This biography is currently being updated.

Deidre Barker

Recording Secretary

This biography is currently being updated.

Sarah D'Addabbo

Communications Secretary

Volunteering and helping others has been my passion for most of my life; my mother could attest to this based on the numbers of runaway animals, children, and adults that I brought home to be cared for. College helped me to develop those skills in to a social work degree and life experiences have helped me refine them. While I no longer bring home 'strays', I do still find them or they find me wherever I go; the only difference now is I utilize the tools that God gave me to balance out my need to help with what is best for everyone.

Project Outreach has been near and dear to my heart since 1988 when I was asked to help plan and execute a parish Christmas Trees of Love program to help Sister Elaine Wicks carry out her mission to serve the poor in Fayette County. Through her love of the poor and her love of history, I learned that this county was among the poorest in the United States and came to know why this happened. Sister Elaine's tireless efforts to address the wrongs of the past, invest in the future, and to bring "Jesus with skin on" to the people she served inspired me to continue working with the project years after she passed away.

I am involved in several other ministries in the Memphis area, admittedly mostly Catholic, because I want to spread the good news and bring Jesus to others. I pray that this newly incorporated version of Sister Elaine's vision continues to grow. I am excited to be part of it as we move forward.

Open Board Members

Latoyna Williams

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

John Cura

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Rachael D'Addabbo

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Jenny Fehrenbacher

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Open Board Members

Danielle Henley

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Gretchin Kirk

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Rita Stewart

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Teresa Wilson

Board Member

This biography is currently being updated.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or would like to donate to Project Outreach, please contact us here.