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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AWARDS $530,000
TO FIGHT CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AND POVERTY

Chicago, IL (September 9, 2009) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the Archdiocese of Chicago will announce grants totaling $530,000 to twenty-one community-based organizations at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 24, at Old St. Mary’s Church, 1500 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  Very Rev. John F. Canary, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will award the grants at this bilingual event hosted by nationally recognized broadcaster, and former Fox Sportsnet anchor, John Morales. 

Ralph McCloud, Director of the National Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will be in attendance at the event that also recognizes the generosity of Chicago-area Catholics who made the grants possible by contributing to the 2008 annual CCHD collection.  Last year the collection drew participation by over ninety-eight percent of Archdiocesan parishes.  The 2009 collection will take place in parishes across Cook and Lake Counties during the weekend of November 21 and 22. 

Recipient organizations are identified for their dedication and work in addressing the root causes of poverty, including violence prevention, worker rights and immigration reform.  The event exemplifies the Church’s strong social justice efforts to provide meaningful change in Chicago-area and suburban communities through the work of neighbors helping neighbors.

Members of some groups will explain how CCHD funds are utilized, and the audience will be entertained by a musical performance from the TARGET Area Development Corporation. 

“The support and inspiration the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) receives from CCHD allows our leaders and those most directly affected by mass incarceration and violence in our community, to organize and struggle for a more just and humane future,” said Alia J. Bilal, Executive Fellow of IMAN. 

“We have already visited over 100 homes, working toward our first major community gathering to address violence in our community and build safe havens for our youth,” explains Rev. Helen Buie, Board President of Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere.

Addressing the affects of CCHD funding on the needs of workers in his community, Arturo Carillo of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos states: “As workers organize within their campaigns, they begin to take ownership of the campaign and educate themselves as well as others to fight for their rights.”

Prior to the awarding of the grants, Mass will be celebrated by Father Michael Kallock, pastor of Old St. Mary’s, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Their mission 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 information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, please contact Rey Flores, Program Director, at 312-534-3690 or rflores@archchicago.org.

THE FOLLOWING CHICAGO-BASED ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TO RECEIVE THEIR SHARE OF THE $530,000 IN CCHD GRANT MONEY:

  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, $20,000 for foreclosure prevention
  • CAAAELII, $15,000 for immigration issues
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, $20,000 for an immigrant worker’s project
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, $15,000 for a speaker’s bureau
  • Chicago Worker’s Collaborative, $30,000 for workers’ issues
  • Community Organizing for Family Issues (COFI), $40,000 for education issues
  • Community Renewal Society, $25,000 for a senior ministries network project
  • Inner-City Muslim Action Network, $20,000 for violence prevention, Project Restore
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, $15,000 for affordable housing
  • Lake County United, $40,000 for immigration issues
  • Lakeview Action Coalition, $15,000 for an affordable housing task force
  • The Latino Union of Chicago, $30,000 for workers’ issues
  • The Little Village Environmental Justice, $40,000 for environment issues
  • Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere, $20,000 for youth centers
  • Northwest Neighborhood Federation, $30,000 for violence prevention issues
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, $15,000 for a suburban base for social justice
  • Progress Center for Independent Living, $30,000 for disability issues
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago, $15,000 for workers rights
  • South Suburban Action Conference, $15,000 for Immigrant and Recruitment
  • Southwest Organizing Project, $45,000 for violence prevention issues
  • TARGET Area Development Corporation, $35,000 for a multi-cultural theater co.

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