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INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP PROJECT AWARDED $30,000
CCHD GRANT TO ADDRESS IMMIGRANT ISSUES IN WEST SUBURBS

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008) Cicero’s Interfaith Leadership Project was recently awarded $30,000 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to help residents of Cicero, Berwyn and Stickney . The CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago funds anti-poverty and social justice groups that serve seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled through their community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention.

Seven congregations from Cicero, Berwyn, and Stickney founded the ILP 19 years ago. The group works to develop the leadership and governance skills of the young Latinos who make up a large proportion of the population in these communities. "ILP will use their $30,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to build local leadership to organize for local, state, and federal reforms that benefit the area’s large Latino immigrant population," said Cristine Pope, Director of the Interfaith Leadership Project.

With the support of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, this year’s CCHD collection will take place during the Masses celebrated at parishes in Cook and Lake counties the weekend of November 22 and 23. In 2007, over 95 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese participated in the collection that totaled over $900,000.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its purpose is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. For more than 30 years, the CCHD of the Archdiocese of Chicago has funded community-based projects focused on affordable housing, education, the environment and violence prevention to improve the lives of seniors, youth, immigrants, workers and the disabled in northeastern Illinois.

For more information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, including a complete listing of the organizations that received CCHD grants for 2008, please visit www.archchicago.org, or contact Elena Segura at 312--5333 or esegura@archicago.org.

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