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Faith In Action Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Charities of West Michigan
MARCH 2017

LOCAL News

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Local Grant Application Process
Open through April 15




 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.

Many local organizations striving for social justice have benefited from these grants with funding opportunities up to $9,000. If your organization firmly believes in the two feet of love in action: charity and justice, and are rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, consider applying for a local grant.

Locally, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is administered by Catholic Charities West Michigan.

   
 
CCHD Grant Highlight: Job Seekers Program

Submitted by: James Birney, CCHD Intern
 
The Job Seekers Program in Grand Haven, Mich., is a local grantee of the USCCB's national anti-poverty program, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Coordinated by Mark Bancuk for the past five years, the Job Seekers Program offers a plethora of services for its community members.

Located in the lower levels of St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish, the program offers weekly employment information and preparation seminars, resume and cover letter guidance, monthly breakfasts in the Family Center where one can network and share upcoming events, ESL and GED classes, and a mentor program that helps one navigate through the job search process.
 
The Job Seekers Program also partners with Catholic Charities West Michigan, the Grand Haven Community Foundation, Michigan Works! and other businesses within the tri-city area.

Volunteer opportunities are always available.

You can reach the Job Seekers Program by phone, at 616-842- 0001 ext. 143, or email, at jobseekers@stpatsgh.org.

 
 

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The Catholic Church exercises its freedom to serve others in order to improve the lives of Michiganders. How?
 

Whether through the Catholic charitable organizations that provide essential services, the Catholic schools that prepare students to achieve their dreams, or through the Catholic health care system, which save lives and nurtures health, the Catholic Church has a vibrant impact on communities.

The Church provides educational services such as schools; health care services such as hospitals, hospice, and homes for the terminally ill; charitable services such as food pantries, meal programs, personal needs closets, employment training immigration and refugee services, foster care and adoption services, and counseling.

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INTERNATIONAL

 

 

EAST AFRICA THREATENED BY FAMINE

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country — or 4.9 million people — are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.
 
The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths. The drought is compounded by decades of violence that many hoped would end in 2011 with the country’s independence. Instead, a civil war broke out, and millions have been forced from their homes and farms. Many have fled to neighboring countries. 

 

READ MORE HERE

 

FAMINE IN SOUTH SUDAN

 


NATIONAL



U.S. BISHOPS URGE CONSIDERATION OF MORAL CRITERION IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE DEBATE

 

Health care is a vital concern for nearly every person in the country. Discussions on health care reform have reached a level of intensity which is making open and fruitful dialogue difficult, even while most people recognize that improvements to the health care system are needed to ensure a life-giving and sustainable model for both the present and future.

Given the magnitude and importance of the task before us, we call for a new spirit of cooperation for the sake of the common good. Legislation has just been introduced in the House of Representatives and the Bishops will be reviewing it closely.


READ THE FULL LETTER
 



 

U.S. Bishops Chairman On Migration Says New Executive Order Still Leaves Many Innocent Lives At Risk


WASHINGTON—The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump's latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk.

In a statement issued after the announcement of a travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger.


READ FULL STATEMENT HERE

 






March Means Nutrition
and Ag Week

 

National Nutrition Month, celebrated every March, focuses on helping people to make correct food choices as well as developing good eating and exercising habits.

As coincidence would have it, March 1 was also the beginning of Lent, which we tend to associate with fasting, but in fact is also about health and wellness – in body, mind and spirit.

Another annual event this month is National Agriculture Week — which concluded on March 25 — a fitting reminder during Nutrition Month that our health begins with care and tilling of the earth. “Food for Life” was the theme of this year’s National Ag Day (March 21), a key part of National Ag Week.

 

read more about ag day
 

 



 

Resources and Upcoming Events
           

TIMELY RESOURCES:

Justice for Immigrants:

know your rights and other resources

 


EARTH DAY AND OTHER CREATION CARE RESOURCES
FROM THE CATHOLIC CLIMATE COVENANT:

 

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2017 Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Campaign

Learn about the effectiveness of EITC in lifting people out of poverty.

read article

 

 

Lenten

 

more about lent

 


 

EVENTS:



 

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Location: Fifth Third Ballpark

Gates open: 5:30PM

Ticket price: FREE!


Get in the lineup. Join Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) as the CCWM Padres take on a spirited team of Media Giants in this annual charity softball game at Fifth Third Ballpark!

This event benefits the child welfare and family strengthening programs of CCWM which help keep families together.

The event is FREE (parking is $7/car) and includes children's games and activities along the concourse, local mascots, and a fun night at the ballpark!
 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT

 



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