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Catholic group providing grants to self-help programs

In these difficult economic times, many hard-working families are facing unemployment or under-employment. Despite their willingness to work, many people are struggling to make ends meet, to pay for health care, to keep food on their tables and a roof over their heads.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is attempting to address the problem of poverty by providing grants to self-help programs. These groups help create sustainable jobs, preserve affordable housing, improve neighborhoods and enhance opportunities for people so they can find a dignified way out of poverty.

CCHD is funded by Catholics who generously give a once a year collection at their parishes.

At the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, CCHD has grants available for qualified low-income grass roots organizations. Eligible groups must be working for empowerment of the poor, education for justice, and/or solidarity between poor and nonpoor in the community.

Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Information about the grants and about groups funded in previous years can be obtained from www.paxjoliet.org/cchd. Applications will be accepted from groups in the counties of DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, Iroquois and Will through March 1.

Grants will be awarded regardless of race or religious affiliation.

Applications can be obtained online at www.paxjoliet.org/cchd, by calling Steve Jackson at 815-221-6253 or emailing him at sjackson@dioceseofjoliet.org.

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