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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Three parishes awarded grants from Catholic Campaign for Human Development

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 11, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Three parishes have received small grants from the local Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to support their work in addressing poverty and its root causes.

For the first time, the Diocesan CCHD Advisory Committee chose to set aside a small portion of local funds to support and encourage parish projects with a focus on poverty.

A good example is the English-as-a-Second-Language classes planned at St. Joseph Parish in Spokane. Scheduled on Sundays when the Spanish-speaking community is already gathered for worship and childcare is available, providing instruction in English is seen by the parish as a way of eliminating obstacles to better jobs and higher wages. But qualified instructors must be paid, and the CCHD grant will help to do that.

Other grant recipients are St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley, for a computer upgrade to track the financial outreach they provide to low-income residents of the parish neighborhood, and St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at Washington State University, to support an “alternative spring break” taken by Catholic students each spring that includes volunteering at a number of Catholic-sponsored social service agencies.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, focusing on community organizing and economic development efforts that empower low-income people to change systems and institutions. In the Spokane Diocese, CCHD is supported by the Collection for the Church in the U.S., taken each May.

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