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Diocese Awards Local CCHD Grants & John J. Carey Award

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The Diocese of Raleigh presented its 2009 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) local grants to ten community-based organizations at its annual award dinner on October 29th at Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Cary. Two eastern North Carolina organizations also received national CCHD grants.

Funding for all the grants comes from the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection which takes place in parishes across the country in November. Since 1970, CCHD has funded community and economic development programs that build strong communities through participation of low-income leaders and a focus on the roots of poverty. This year's Diocesan collection takes place in parishes November 14th-15th.

The dinner was attended by representatives of the organizations and the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. In addition to the awarding of the grants, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh presented its annual John J. Carey Award to Bob and Teri Bowerman of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh. The Carey Award is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to social ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh and have shown a strong commitment to the Church's social mission. In being honored with this year’s award, the Bowermans were recognized for the many years of service and leadership as models of Catholic social teaching in their parish and in the larger Church and community.

Above: 2009 John J. Carey Award honorees Bob and Teri Bowerman and members of their family joined by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, left, and Bishop Emeritus F. Joseph Gossman.

Below: Reception held at Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Cary honoring the 2009 local Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant recipients.

Local recipients announced at the October 29 dinner were:

  1. Step Up Ministry Life Skills Program, Raleigh: Step Up Ministry is an interfaith community that helps over 500 program participants each year to achieve self-sufficiency (stable job, home, family). 
  2. Wake Interfaith Hospitality Aftercare Program, Raleigh: Wake Interfaith Aftercare Program provides necessary skills after the clients have established a home. The program provides year long assistance to the clients in establishing stability.
  3. Feed His Sheep/Stellar Peer Recovery Ministry, Clayton: Stellar Peer Recovery is a drop-in center that supports mainly low-income individuals with mental disabilities.
  4. St. Ann’s Neighborhood Center, Fayetteville: The St. Ann Neighborhood Program was established by the Daughters of Charity thirteen years ago. The mission of the program is to provide boys and girls living in low-income neighborhoods with academic tutoring and enrichment activities.
  5. Hoke Reading/Literacy Council, Raeford: The Council provides reading, writing, and communication skills to adults and out-of-school teenagers.
  6. Summit House, Triangle: Summit House helps mothers convicted of nonviolent crimes keep their children by providing them with a safe place to regain control of their lives and become productive members of society. 
  7. Durham Congregations in Action, Durham, for the Yo Program: YO-Durham (Year of Opportunity for Durham Teens) offers at-risk youth opportunities for a summer academy about life-choices and work-readiness, a year-long, paid internship with a local employer, and relationships with volunteer mentors and staff to support them in building successful lives at work, school, and home.
  8. Los Padres Latinos, Durham: Los Padres Latinos enrolls Spanish-speaking mothers from Immaculate Conception parish’s Hispanic membership and from community partners to assist with parenting and life skills.
  9. Durham Economic Resource Center (DERC), Durham: DERC provides discounted products to member non-profit and faith-based organizations to alleviate basic needs among the poor, ill, and elderly.
  10. Catholic Charities Employment Assistance Project, Fayetteville: This project assists Catholic Charities clients in securing meaningful employment. Its comprehensive range of services includes: skills assessments, interviewing techniques, resume development, and use of job search engine technologies.

The two national recipients were:

  • Community Success Initiative, Raleigh: This initiative creates communities where ex-offenders can transition to society in a productive and stable manner. 
  • Triangle CAN: Triangle C.A.N  is a broad based network of over 60 local institutions - congregations, synagogues, non-profits and civic associations - that works to change oppressive structures affecting low-income and poor people in Durham, Chapel Hill and Chatham County.