Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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the Inland Register
(From the Sept. 14, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Catholic Charities’ CAPA (Childbirth and Parenting Alone) program has recently been the recipient of two grants. The Washington State Medical Association Alliance, Health Foundation gives out $2,000 grants to nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations that are working to improve the health of the community. CAPA will use the funds to improve and expand its Childbirth Education classes and the labor coaching project. Specifically, CAPA will be able to pay their Childbirth Educator, send her to a conference on teaching childbirth, and get more educational materials for the class. The grant monies will also be used to train labor coaches.
The second grant has been awarded by the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (WCPCAN). This $50,000 grant will be used to strengthen and expand CAPA’s Attachment Doula Project in conjunction with Volunteers of America by providing more intensive wrap-around support services for young mothers. Young mothers at Crosswalk who are working with psychologist Kent Hoffman on attachment issues will be benefited by this grant. Each mother will have one of CAPA’s specially-trained attachment doulas in their lives. Furthermore, increased staff hours will be funded, enabling the doula coordinators to do more home visits and to interface directly with Hoffman and Crosswalk. “It’s very exciting and validating that the association values what we do here at CAPA,” says CAPA director Bonnie Deabler.
Spokane Eagle Scout Sam Fitterer led efforts to beautify the grounds at Catholic Charities Summit View apartments recently. Volunteers built a hexagonal bench around a tree, created a pathway leading into the playground, filled the entire playground with bark, and landscaped the area around the flagpole. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)
A Culture of Life club founded at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep last year is continuing its wide-ranging pro-life work this year.
According to Shannon Kestell, one of the club’s leaders, “The club wishes to raise awareness at Prep, and spread greater respect towards the dignity of human life among our fellow students and teachers. While our main issue is abortion, each month during the school year we will have a different pro-life topic that we will raise awareness about among the student body. These topics include: capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion, contraception, suicide, genetics, stem cell research, and modern warfare.”
Among the club’s activities are plans to bring various speakers to campus, including an October presentation by Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, President of Gonzaga University, on life principles; travel to the March for Life in Washington D.C. in January; and hand out literature to the student body.
The club is encouraging support from the community for their efforts. Their wish list includes financial sponsors for the D.C. trip, appropriate literature and videos, basic supplies, speaker stipends, and other expenses.
For information, call (509) 489-6597.