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Chicago, IL (September 16, 2011) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced grants totaling $489,489 to twenty-four community-based organizations at a ceremony held at St. Ignatius College Prep. in Chicago. 

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, awarded the grants and Ralph McCloud, Director of the National Catholic Campaign for Human Development, was the guest speaker at the event that also recognized the generosity of Chicago-area Catholics, who made the grants possible by contributing to the 2010 annual CCHD collection. The 2011 collection will take place in parishes across Cook and Lake counties during the weekend of November 19 and 20.

Recipient organizations were identified for their dedication and work in addressing the root causes of poverty, including violence prevention, worker rights and immigration reform.  The Chicago CCHD grant program 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.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  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 Carol N. Smith, Program Director, at 312-534-3690 or

Awards were presented to the following grantees:

  • Centro De Trabajadores Unidos, $20,000 for immigrant workers’ issues
  • Most Blessed Trinity (Waukegan), $19,489 for education issues
  • Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Aging with Dignity, $20,000 for seniors’ issues
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago, $20,000 for workers’ issues
  • Arise Chicago, $20,000 for workers’ issues
  • Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (M.O.V.E.), $15,000 for violence prevention issues
  • P.A.S.O. (Proyecto de Accion de los Suburbios del Oeste), $10,000 for immigrant issues
  • Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, $10,000 for workers’ issues
  • Blocks Together, $10,000 for economic, education and affordable housing issues
  • BENNU Legal Services, $7,500 for legal aid
  • Center for Companies That Care, $7,500 for education issues
  • Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), $7,500 for workers’ issues
  • St. Toribio Romo Immigrant Center, $20,000 for immigrant issues
  • Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, $7,500 for violence prevention and education issues
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization, $7,500 for housing issues
  • TARGET Area Development Corporation, $7,500 for technical assistance
  • Respect for Life Office, Archdiocese of Chicago, $20,000 for Chastity Education Initiative
  • Zacchaeus House, $5,000 for housing and healthcare issues

National Grantees from the Chicago area are:

  • Developing Communities Project, $40,000 for environment
  • Lake County Center for Independent Living, $35,000 for disability issues
  • Lake County Sponsors, $35,000 for seniors’ and education issues
  • Latino Unions, $75,000 for immigrant workers’ issues
  • Progress Center for Independent Living, $30,000 for disability issues
  • SWOP, $45,000 for housing, immigrant, education, violence prevention issues

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