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CCHD Overview | Grant Criteria and Guidelines | 2014 - 2015 Grantees | Application

CCHD Grant Applications Recommended by the Review Committee and Approved by the Most Reverend Bishop Conlon

Diocese of Joliet CCHD National Grant

"Community Outreach and Integration," Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living This Program provides community relationships and needed services for the disabled; referral to community resources, computer training, telephone for the hearing impaired, services for the blind. The Center is also made up of individuals with handicaps working to create a community where diverse groups can live and work together. They have also just launched a campaign working to create new inclusive housing for people with and without disabilities, expand public transportation options, and increase the accessibility of public and private buildings. This project will recieve a grant of $42,000.

Diocese of Joliet CCHD Local Grants

  "One Stop Shop for Reentry", Agape Missions, Inc. (formerly AIDS Ministry of Illinois) was established in 1991 to provide services for the community of poor and vulnerable people who are reentering society after being incarcerated. The program provides critical and comprehensive services which are relevant to ex-offenders with the objective of improving successful outcomes for the ex-offender. This program will help ex-offenders obtain employment, manage mental health issues, overcome alcohol and substance abuse issues, advance in education, and repair lost relationships with children and family. Additionally, the program will strive to permanently reject all criminal activity. This project will receive a grant of $5,000.

Helping Hands Refugee Assistance, Love Christian Clearing House, Clarendon Hills, networks with churches and people pooling resources to help neighbors in need. Love has for 27 years provided community referral services and limited financial assistance short term for refugees in need coming to this area (18 towns); teaching English (as a second language) practice, community relationships, cultural assimilation for an interfaith community of refugees, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and local poor and vulnerable residents. Volunteers implement well designed programs that provide much more than basic skills; they promote community interactions, problem solving, and leadership with people who have little English reading skill. Those helped also become volunteers and instructors in this very sustainable project. This project will receive a grant of $5,000.

Family Empowerment, National Hook-Up of Black Women, Joliet, supports community outreach programs to the poor and vulnerable in the East side area of Joliet to enhance the quality of life of residents and promote community involvement based on social and spiritual principles to eliminate poverty. Many of these programs seek to eliminate racial bias and prejudice and promote sound nutrition, mental health, and education for life. This small organization (no paid staff) continues to have a large impact on the community. This project will receive a grant of $5,000.

After School Advantage Program, Forest Park Community Center, Joliet was established in 1994 in Joliet, IL. The program is dedicated to empower the low-income residents by achieving a common goal for the improvement of safety, health, housing, education and welfare of the residents in the Forest Park community. The program is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into the educational system by providing mentors and tutors to increase homework completion, computer training and computer access. They will provide programs such as individual and family counseling, Early Learning Center, Job Training, Food Pantry Distribution, and “Second Look” Dress for Success. (Watch this short documentary on the Forest Park Community Center's After School Advantage Program.) This project will receive a grant of $5,000.

Azzarelli Outreach Clinic, St. Teresa Catholic Church, was established in 2001 to empower the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized people of the Kankakee community who have no healthcare insurance and are diagnosed with life-long diseases. They specialize in working with people who have been diagnosed with type I diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle through increased knowledge and skill regarding the preparation of food. The program will provide multiple educational opportunities to reach maximum participants. This project will receive a grant of $5,000.

Road to Self Sufficiency, Shining Light NHP, West Chicago, was established in 2011 to serve the poor and vulnerable in the area of West Chicago and surrounding communities. This organization seeks to empower, educate, and provide life/job skills programs, emotional and spiritual support for unplanned pregnancy, tools for practical job skills to reach full potential, outreach to the community, family values, positive self-esteem, and partner with area schools to promote higher education and learning. The programs provide domestic violence counseling, support and education. This project will receive a grant of $4,500.

Every Child Can (Learn, Grow, and Excel), Lift Him Up Ministries, Mt. Zion Full Gospel Tabernacle, Joliet, supports community development efforts to provide education and outreach to the poor and vulnerable in Joliet. This program is centered in the Evergreen Terrace housing project in Joliet where the underserved residents are the poorest and most vulnerable in Joliet. The program goals are to help every child learn, grow, and excel in school and their environment. This project provides volunteer teachers and aides to work with children and transform their lives; 150 children and 100 parents are organized and engaged with this project to improve the lives of the Evergreen Terrace residents and the community of Joliet. This project will receive a grant of $6,400.

Youth Mariachi Program, Mariachi Matters, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP), provides organization, communications, and support resources to the poor and vulnerable of the southwest suburban communities of DuPage and northern Will County, particularly Bolingbrook. This is a new organization under the guidance of Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), but is independent financially. The SSIP board and membership are the poor and vulnerable Hispanic community. The Youth Mariachi Project brings the community together with youth in learning music and playing instruments in performing with Mariachi bands. The organization promotes the human dignity of every person, family life, and participation in the community, leadership development, and comprehensive immigration reform by peaceful legislative action. This project will receive a grant of $5,500.

Sow it Forward, Warren-Sharpe Community Center, Joliet, seeks to empower residents of the community to achieve economic self-sufficiency, excel academically, enhance family health and nutrition, improve quality of life, and engage young people in a safe environment to grow and learn. The organization has for 21 years promoted personal dignity and community involvement; in addition, it continues to provide preschool and after school programs, computer literacy training, health and wellness education. This project will receive a grant of $5,000.