Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Two local CCHD grants awarded; $8,000 combined

the Inland Register

(From the June 14, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad has approved two grants to local agencies from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for anti-poverty programs in Eastern Washington.

Asotin County Legal Services operates out of Holy Family Parish in Clarkston and was created by parishioners concerned about an underserved need in the community. The $4,000 grant from CCHD will allow the Court Facilitator program to continue.

Court Facilitators are community advocates who help low-income individuals navigate the civil legal maze. The individuals served often struggle to understand the documents given to them by the court, they cannot afford their own lawyers, and occasionally they cannot even read the documents. By assisting families through the court system in cases of divorce or other family matters, more positive resolutions to difficult cases can be achieved, sparing the families – especially the children – from drawn-out legal battles or unjust endings that drive families apart. In the end, it’s a low-cost way to keep people out of poverty.

A second $4,000 grant was made to Cancer Patient Care for their Rural Outreach program.

Recognizing the additional obstacles to receiving regular and timely cancer treatment faced by those living in rural communities, Cancer Patient Care seeks to do more outreach to people living in Pend Oreille, Stevens and Ferry counties in Northeast Washington. By providing assistance for travel to Spokane or other sites for treatment, Cancer Patient Care hopes to avoid situations in which families have to choose between gas and other necessities. A cancer diagnosis can be such a shock for a household, and if that family was already low-income, additional costs of treatment can lead to a spiral of greater poverty.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, awarding grants since 1970 to area non-profits that demonstrate a strong involvement of low-income members in policy-making and that seek to address root causes of poverty. CCHD is supported in the Spokane Diocese by the Collection for the Church in the United States, which will be taken this summer in diocesan parishes.

For more information, call Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry office: 509.358.4273.

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