In 1987, at the
invitation of Sister Anne Brooks, SNJM, D.O., Sister Maureen Delaney
SNJM started an outreach part of the Tutwiler Clinic. It was housed
in a small room in the back of the Clinic. Because of the many
activities and people who wanted to participate, the space very
quickly became too small.
It was decided
that a "spin off" project from the Tutwiler Clinic be
formed. In December of 1989 the Tutwiler Community Education Center
was officially incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization
in the State of Mississippi.
In September of
1990, with help from a Kellogg Grant and the publicity that emerged
when the Tutwiler Clinic and all its activities were featured
on 60 Minutes, enough money was raised to buy and rehab an old
abandoned building in downtown Tutwiler. In June of 1992 the outreach
part of the Tutwiler Clinic officially moved into the 10,000 sq.
foot, renovated building that became known as the Tutwiler Community
Education Center (TCEC).