Eight organizations that provide a range of assistance to those in need are the recipients of the 2010 Diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants, presented Thursday, October 28 at a banquet held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary. The CCHD is the Catholic Church's domestic anti-poverty, social justice program. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
The grants are made possible by donations to the annual CCHD Collection taken up by dioceses throughout the country in November. Twenty-five percent of the collection remains in the Diocese to help community organizations whose mission is to provide services to the poor and disenfranchised. Seventy-five percent is sent to the national CCHD office for use in providing national grants. This year, two organizations in the Diocese of Raleigh were national grant recipients: Triangle CAN and Community Success Initiative, both based in the Triangle. The two national grants totaled $90,000. In 2009, the total Diocesan CCHD Collection amounted to $104,841.73.
The eight local grant recipients are:
Step Up Ministry Life Skills Course, Raleigh - Attempts to break the generational cycle of poverty by empowering adults and children to develop life-sustaining skills. The program assists clients in setting goals, reducing debt, finding affordable housing and applying for vocational advancement grants. CCHD funding will provide for continued Life Skills training for over 120 adults and 200 children.
Wake County Interfaith Hospitality Network Aftercare Program for Homeless, Raleigh – Provides stability to homeless families as they work toward permanent independence. WIHN accomplishes its mission by providing shelter, meals, and case management. It assists each family in the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Funds from CCHD will be used for an aftercare program that addresses the need for ongoing support to improve probability that families maintain their permanent housing and prevent recurrence of homelessness.
Feed His Sheep/Stellar Peer Recovery Ministry, Clayton - A drop-in center that supports individuals with substance and mental health disabilities. The Center provides several services that meet the needs of those challenged by mental illness. The individuals participating in the program are low-income. Funds from CCHD will be used to provide for a certified paid facilitator trainer to teach peer-support training.
Hoke Reading/Literacy Council, Raeford - “Students + Technology = Success” program provides the citizens of Hoke County with reading, writing and computer skills to enable them to have a better quality of life. The Council is able to reach those who fall through the cracks in the governmental and school systems. The majority of the students is poor and low-income and read at a second-grade level. Funds from CCHD will be used to purchase the Kurzeweil 3000 learning software, which is a proven resource used in all levels of educational settings.
Durham Congregations in Action YO Youth Internships Program, Durham – Seeks to increase the rate of high school graduation among students and their peer groups, to increase enrollment in post-secondary education among participants, to increase workplace readiness and to decrease the number of students appearing in the criminal justice system. Funds from CCHD will be used to provide two internships for students working 6-7 hours a week. Students will work with mentors while completing meaningful work.
Catholic Charities Active Parenting Project, Fayetteville - Works with isolated and marginalized families within the community enabling them to access needed services. The goals of the program include establishing a way of life within a violence-free environment. The grant is to be used to support these families with active parenting skills so as to prevent family violence. Graduates of the program will be encouraged to assist with the planning, marketing and facilitation of future parenting classes. The program is an extension of Catholic Charities Family Support Services.
St. Julia’s Language Institute, Siler City – Program to develop leadership and bi-lingual communication. The parish has a high population of Hispanics, many of whom are poor and low-income. The Institute will bring together the Hispanic and Anglo communities and provide for greater communication and ministry. CCHD funds will be used to formalize the program and pay for an instructor and materials.
Voces Latinas Child Care Provider Program, Wilmington - A grassroots non-profit agency that offers an ESL program, collaborating with Cape Fear Community College. The classes provide a way of self development for women who come from very poor environments. Because of the culture of Latina women, it is difficult for them to leave their children with others outside the family. Voces Latinas has been able to secure a Latina woman to provide childcare on site. Funds from CCHD will provide a stipend for this person.
Representatives from six of the eight local organizations were present to receive the grant checks and briefly describe the mission of their agencies. Following their presentations, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge commended them and all who are associated with the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, including the thousands in the Diocese who contribute annually to the important collection. “Through it, we give glory to God,” Bishop Burbidge said, “by imitating the One He sent as the perfect example to love without measure, to love without cost.”
In his closing, Bishop Burbidge expressed congratulations to Bill and Anne Werdel, parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the 2010 John J. Carey Award winners. (See story.)
Bishop Burbidge noted the focus of the eight grant recipients acknowledging the great work that is going on in our community by dedicated, generous and faithful people. “For any small way the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can play in helping you give glory to God,” the Bishop said, “is a great privilege for us.”
The 2010 CCHD Collection will occur during parish Masses the weekend of November 13-14.
On October 26, 2010, the Most Reverend Roger Morin, Bishop of Biloxi and Chairman of the USCCB bishops’ subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development conducted a telephone news conference explaining the review and revised policy procedures regarding the issuance of CCHD grants. The revised policies are in response to questions and concerns that arose the past three years pertaining to several grants that were issued. In the news conference, Bishop Morin emphasized the guiding principles which support CCHD grants and cited 10 commitments regarding the grants.
Above: Kathleen Hofstadter, representing Step Up Ministry, accepting CCHD grant. Seated: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Diocesan CCHD Committee member Dan Ryan.