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Nine local organizations chosen to receive CCHD grants

Every November, the collection to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), a national anti-poverty program of the Church, takes place in dioceses across the nation. The CCHD is an essential part of the social mission of the Church in the U.S. and a unique part of the Catholic community’s broad commitment to assist low-income people, families and communities.

The 2016 CCHD collection taken up in the Diocese of Grand Rapids totaled more than $140,000. Twenty-five percent of that amount is retained by our diocese for local grants to organizations within our community. Eight local organizations have been awarded grants for their work in helping raise people out of poverty. Additionally this year, one local organization was selected to receive a national grant through the CCHD. Thank you for your generous gifts to the CCHD collection which help make this important work possible. 

Congratulations to the following local and national CCHD grant recipients!

Local Grant Awards:

  • GR Home Share through New Development Corp. (Grand Rapids)
    Grant amount: $3,000
    Purpose: Supports an innovative housing program that pairs those seeking affordable housing with senior citizens in exchange for small rent and the provision of home chores.
  • Congregational Partnership Program through the Salvation Army (Kent County)
    Grant amount: $6,000
    Purpose: Provides financial and volunteer support from caring congregations, building on the strengths of those being served by the program.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program through St. Alphonsus Parish (Grand Rapids)
    Grant amount: $5,000
    Purpose: Provides free income tax preparation for low and moderate income individuals in Kent County.
  • Kids Helping Kids Lesson Plan Series through Kid’s Food Basket (Grand Rapids)
    Grant amount: $2,000
    Purpose: Empowers young people ages 5 to 18 to make a difference through civic engagement education, leadership development and building the habit of giving.
  • Pregnancy Counseling Support and Services through Catholic Charities West Michigan (office locations throughout the diocese)
    Grant amount: $4,000
    Purpose: Offers counseling and support to any woman throughout her pregnancy.
  • Good Neighbor Program through Dégagé Ministries (Grand Rapids)
    Grant amount: $1,500
    Purpose: Provides individuals the opportunity to perform “good neighbor” tasks within the community.
  • Job Seekers Program through St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish (Grand Haven)
    Grant amount: $6,000
    Purpose: Supports a program that empowers the underemployed and unemployed individuals to be better-prepared for the job market.
  • Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!) through Community Encompass (Muskegon)
    Grant amount: $6,000
    Purpose: Supports a program that trains youth leaders and provides educational leadership development.

National Grant Award:

  • The Micah Center (Grand Rapids) 
    Grant amount: $50,000
    Purpose: Supports their work including combatting wage theft, educating workers to understand their rights in the workplace, and how to advocate for themselves.
To qualify for CCHD funds, applicant organizations must not promote activities that work against Catholic
values. CCHD’s grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with the diocese. CCHD grants to groups in our local community require the explicit approval of our bishop.
For additional information, visit the Catholic Charities West Michigan website or contact Maggie Walsh, or 616-340-1824.