Morning Star Baptist, national talk show host give money for Mooretown residents through grant program

Morning Star Baptist, national talk show host have money for Mooretown residents through grant program

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) -In the past, Morning Star Baptist Church in Shreveport has helped its Mooretown neighbors through some tough times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has interrupted daily life for families all over the country.

Now — the church is helping those in the community most vulnerable get back on their feet and they are doing it with the help of a national talk show host.

Sheryl Underwood of CBS’s The Talk heard about what the church is doing and announced on her national radio show that she is donated $1,000 of her own money to help those in Mooretown. Each Friday, Underwood picks a new person, family, or organization to help.

Morning Star Baptist is providing a limited number of grants to low-income families in the Mooretown community impacted by COVID-19 through its Star Community Grant Program. Those impacted will receive a one-time direct, unrestricted payment of $500

You must meet certain criteria in order to receive the money. First, you must live in Mooretown. According to the application, you must be experiencing:

  • Unpaid leave due to isolation;
  • Care of a vulnerable or infected relative;
  • Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work; or
  • Unpaid leave of absence due to school or daycare closure

Eligible families must have a household income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (or $37,650 for a family of four), and have a bank account that can accept an ACH (Automated Clearinghouse) transfer.

To participate, you must email the following information to

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Annual Income
  • How you learned about this grant
  • A brief statement describing your needs and how this grant will help

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