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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, National CCHD Grant Application 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 independent center is working to create a community where diverse groups can live and work together. In 2014 WGCIL enlisted an organizer to begin the Accessible Will County campaign to provide outreach to the community of people with disabilities to improve access to local housing for the poor, transportation, and make public buildings accessible to people with disabilities. The committee approves, priority 1, and recommends $50,000.00 for this $75,000.00 (or less) CCHD National Grant request.


Diocese of Joliet CCHD Local Grants

Job Training program; We Grow Dreams Inc., West Chicago provides job training and employment opportunities for people with mental and physical disabilities. This non-profit landscaping and greenhouse business provides a caring and supportive environment in which people with disabilities can develop work skills and interact with the local population and larger community. This underserved segment of society is provided with healthy and dignified employment; they are empowered and fulfilled by this meaningful work. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $5,000 of the $5,000 requested for this project.


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 County, and northern Will County, particularly Bolingbrook. This independent organization has a relationship with the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). 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. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $6,000 of the $6,000 requested.


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 in 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. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $9,500 of the $10,000 requested.


One Stop Shop for Reentry, Agape Missions, Inc. 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 abouse issues, advance in education, and repair lost relationships with children and family. Additionally, the program will strive to permanently reject all criminal activity. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $5,000 of the $18,000 requested.


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 Sow it Forward project will involve young people in the cultivation of native Illinois plants and fruit trees thereby supporting and facilitating youth entrepreneurship; it will also provide an outdoor classrom to teach children about plant life, science concepts, and environmental stewardship. The organization has  promoted personal dignity and community involvement for 22 years; and continues to provide preschool and after school programs, computer literacy training, and health and wellness education. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $5,000 of the $10,000 requested.


DuPage Immigrant Cultural and Community Empowerment Campaign; Immigrant Solidarity DuPage (ISD), provides organization, communication, and support resources to the oppressed Latino community. ISD holds meetings with educationsl topics on Immigration Reform and the legal immigration process. They engage the community in cultural events in Northern DuPage County. There is consistent and active leadership development in this organization. The organization promotes the human dignity of every person, family life, participation in the community, and solidarity with oppressed peoples. The committee approves and recommends a grant of $6,000 of the $12,000 requested.