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Chicago, IL (September 21, 2012) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced grants totaling $298,000 to eighteen community-based organizations at a ceremony held at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago. 

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, gave the invocation and Auxiliary Bishops, Most Rev. Francis Kane, Most Rev. John Manz and Most Rev. Joseph Perry presented the 2012 awards.  The event also recognized the generosity of Chicago-area Catholics, who made the grants possible by contributing to the 2011 annual CCHD collection. The 2012 collection will take place in parishes across Cook and Lake counties during the weekend prior to Thanksgiving on November 17 and 18.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the Archdiocese of Chicago has annually funded organizations from Cook and Lake counties to promote violence prevention, immigrant and workers’ rights, affordable housing, education, environmental justice and quality of life for people with disabilities and for seniors.

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 Tamara Fedoryshyn, Program Coordinator, at 312-534-3894 or

Awards were presented to the following local grant recipients:

  • Albany Park Neighborhood Council, $20,000 for Bikes N’Roses, a youth-led biking collaborative that serves as a vehicle for youth entrepreneurship and as an anti-violence initiative
  • Arise Chicago, $20,000 for the Worker Center, a program that serves as a community resource for immigrant and native born workers to learn about their rights and how to organize fellow workers to improve workplace conditions.
  • BENNU Legal Services (Lake Bluff), $7,500 for legal aid, education and job skill development to help families and individuals new to the United States. 
  • Blocks Together, $20,000 for Taking Root Project. Blocks Together works primarily on issues of education, housing and economic justice, and youth development. 
  • Center for Companies That Care, $15,500 for AIM High, the non-competitive college access program for low-income CPS students.
  • Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, $20,000 for Raising Standards that supports workers’ issues and low-wage families.
  • Interfaith Leadership Project, $20,000 for the Immigrant Empowerment Project that seeks to improve the quality of life for immigrants in the Cicero and Berwyn communities.
  • Jane Addams Senior Caucus, $25,000 for Housing Advocacy Project, for seniors’ issues that are the focus of this grassroots organization of Chicago-area older adults.  
  • Lakeview Action Coalition, $15,000 for Affordable Housing Preservation & Creation Project of this multi-issue, institution-based community organization that works in Lake View, Lincoln Park and North Center.
  • Life Directions, $15,000 for the South Lawndale Neighborhood Discernment Community-Peaceable Garden Project.
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization, $10,000 for Metropolitan Tenants Project.  Among the organization’s primary goals are to better tenants’ living conditions, preserve housing, stabilize tenancies, prevent homelessness and improve communications between landlords and tenants.
  • Most Blessed Trinity (Waukegan), a Technical Assistance Grant of $5,000 for MBT Workforce focusing on education issues.
  • Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, $25,000 for St. John of God Community Garden, a project to provide youth who have had contact with Cook County Criminal Courts, a chance to contribute to the betterment of their community while building job skills.
  • St. Pius V, $15,000 for Resourcing Domestic Violence Ministries, which will develop parish ministries and build a network of churches to assist domestic violence victims and their children in the Archdiocese.
  • Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Chicago, $20,000 for Chastity Education Initiative (CEI), a youth training program that seeks to address the root causes of moral, spiritual and economic poverty.
  • TARGET Area Development Corporation, $7,500 for Justice at Work, providing programs and advocacy to promote economic development, public safety, criminal justice reforms and improved education in Auburn Gresham and Englewood.
  • Warehouse Workers for Justice, $10,000 for Leadership Development in organizing workers to win living wage direct hire jobs in warehouses through education, mobilization and policy campaigns. 
  • Zacchaeus House, $5,000 for Zacchaeus House Project, providing housing, basic health care and emergency assistance for homeless and needy men in transition.

National Grantees from the Chicago area are:

  • Centro De Trabajadores Unidos, $38,000 for immigrant workers’ issues
  • Developing Communities Project, $30,000 for environment
  • Lake County Center for Independent Living, $35,000 for disability issues
  • Lake County Sponsors, $40,000 for seniors’ and education issues
  • Latino Union, $70,000 for immigrant workers’ issues
  • Progress Center for Independent Living (Melrose Park), $70,000 for disability issues
  • The Resurrection Project, $75,000 for affordable housing development
  • United African Organization, $30,000 for immigrant workers’ issues.

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