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

CCHD National Grant

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 under served 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 $10,000 of the $10,000 requested for this project.


The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) provides organization, communication support and resources to the poor and vulnerable of the southwest suburban communities. They work with the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, but are independent financially. Last year the CCHD funding went towards the Youth Mariachi Project, which brings youth in the community together in a safe and enriching environment, learning music and playing instruments in Mariachi bands. Overall, the organization promotes the human dignity of every person, supports family life and participation in the community, leadership development, and comprehensive immigration reform by peaceful legislative action. The Grant Committee approved $15,000 of the $10,000 requested.


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 classroom to teach children about plant life, science concepts, and environmental stewardship. The organization has promoted personal dignity and community involvement for 24 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 $10,000 of the $10,000 requested.


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 $11,000 of the $11,000 requested.


Shining Light NFP, 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 $8,000 of the $8,000 requested.