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Three Washington State Catholic Charities agencies awarded $492,580 CCHD strategic national grant

the Inland Register

(From the January 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) awarded a Strategic National Grant to the three Catholic Charities agencies in Washington State: Catholic Charities Spokane, Catholic Charities of Yakima, and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.

The award provides $492,580 in first-year funding for the “The Life to Justice Initiative,” with the possibility of up to four additional years of funding as the project proceeds.

The Strategic National Grant Program is intended to offer substantial support for organizations working to promote justice or economic development on a statewide, regional or national basis.

“The Life to Justice Initiative” represents the concerted vision of the Washington State Catholic Conference – the bishops of the state with their Directors of Catholic Charities – to unify the Catholic principles of Life and Justice in a concrete way which reaches every parish in the state.

The Washington State Charities agencies are using the grant to accelerate development of PrePares, an initiative to create the capacity within every parish to provide pregnancy and parenting support resources for mothers, fathers and children up to age five. Additionally, the grant will connect PrePares to two specific initiatives to assist Farmworker and African American communities to lay claim to their fair share of justice and economic development.

The Black American Initiative will form a network of African American leaders to organize Black families as effective change advocates, enabling them to access tools and resources that can lift them out of poverty and create their own future, including better access to education, home ownership and community involvement. The Farmworker Initiative will train leaders in Skagit Valley to engage effectively with government decision makers and service providers in the areas of health, education and housing, and promote statewide awareness of the economic and opportunity barriers experienced by all farmworkers. Both of these communities will benefit from the PrePares program’s mission to provide low-income Washington families with resources, services and referrals resulting in healthy birth outcomes and committed, knowledgeable parents.

CCHD works to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, “... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). Information on CCHD, along with educational resources for parishes and schools, can be found at and at

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