A long, beneficial partnership of more than 30 years marks the relationship between the Knights of Columbus and Hilltoppers, Inc. The local Knights of Council 8152 have partnered with Hilltoppers, Inc. on numerous occasions to enrich the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities. It’s part of their mission statement. When Hilltoppers, Inc. has a need, the Knights respond.
Recently, when one of the buildings housing the residents needed repairs, the Knights generously stepped up yet again. Building #1 of Micki Thompson Court (near the Cumberland Medical Center) needed 21, drafty windows replaced to provide a more comfortable environment for their residents and to cut utility bills by being more energy efficient. Six residents and a project manager live in the apartments in this building.
The Knights of Columbus responded to the challenge with a generous grant from the MR Foundation, a Tennessee Knights of Columbus sponsored charity, to fund the new vinyl windows. The grant of $6,753 was presented to Hilltoppers, Inc. Executive Director Jeanene Houston at the annual Knights of Columbus picnic at their pavilion off Hwy. #70 East.
Previous grant money from the Knights has been used for similar upgrades to Building #2 in 2011. Replacement doors were also supplied by Knight-generated funds in 2012. The foundation has also assisted in replacing flooring in two group homes.
It is reassuring to have the Knights of Columbus underwriting critical repair needs as they arise. Their role as a de facto “silent partner” has continually enhanced the quality of life for many of their residents.
Each Christmas, you may not know that the Knights, with their wives, sponsor a joyous Christmas party for folks featuring Santa, stuffed animal presents and a pizza lunch. The Knights also help facilitate Special Olympics, S.A.C.C. (Structured Athletics on Sunday afternoons) hold a spring picnic at the their open-air pavilion, and donate a percentage of proceeds from their yearly Tootsie Roll Drive to support their work with intellectually disabled adults.
It is simply impossible to overstate the contributions of these dear friends and loyal supporters. Their slogan, “A Knight by Their Side,” truly says it all.