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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop Cupich approves grant distributions

the Inland Register

(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich has approved this year’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development local grants – five grants, totaling $10,000.

• Spokane Community Land Trust, to assist in creating affordable home-ownership possibilities for low-income people.
• Transitions, to support their job-training program for low-income women at the New Leaf Bakery Café.
• The YMCA of the Inland Northwest, for its Youth Investment program for at-risk youth performing community service obligations.
• The Center for Justice, for its Smart Justice alternative to incarceration programs.
• Habitat for Humanity, to support its home-ownership projects in Deer Park and Airway Heights.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the U.S. bishops’ effort to combat the root causes of poverty. The Spokane Diocese contributes to CCHD through its annual Collection for the Church in the United States, from which come the funds for the local CCHD grants. The collection was taken up this year the weekend of May 18-19 this year.

More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found on their web site:

During Lent, many parishes participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) program, through which families eat simpler meals and donate monies saved on food, or through other sacrifices, to ORB. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency.

Bishop Cupich has approved this year’s four local CRS Rice Bowl local grants, totaling $8,800, awarded to parishes or agencies for gardens that provide fresh food to low-income people. Grant recipients are Assumption Parish, Walla Walla; St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards; the Spokane Valley Partners “Common Grounds Community Garden,” invited by St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley; and the North County Food Pantry garden in Elk, invited by St. Joseph Parish, Colbert.

CRS Rice Bowl local grants are funded by donations made for the Lenten CRS Rice Bowl program in parishes and schools. ORB donations for 2013 showed an increase of 10 percent over last year’s program.

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