This year, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has awarded $230,000 in grants to non-profit organizations working with the poor in the Diocese of San Jose.
Many of our parishes will benefit from the $25,000 given to People Acting in Community Together (PACT). Pact has empowered low-income and immigrant community members to assume leadership to make positive changes in their neighborhoods in housing, education, immigrant rights and health and safety.
Another recipient is TeamWorks Cleaning Coop, a business owned and operated by women of low-income households. Through the $75,000 grant, TeamWorks will provide training in finance and management, leadership, communications, and technology as well as cleaning skills that will help these woman to maintain a successful business on their path out of poverty.
Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), received a grant of $50,000. With these funds, BAOC will continue working to develop institutional change related to issues of housing, renter protections, and early childhood development. Currently working to train parishioners in the northern part of our diocese, BOAC plans to extend their leadership training to other parishes that are seeking to participate in social justice ministry.
The final national grant of $50,000 is awarded to Latinos United for a New America (LUNA). LUNA’s social justice issues focus on strategic action to improve the financial stability and safety of its members and address housing and rental issues. Their work includes continuing to assist immigrants to know their rights and to form Rapid Response Teams.
In addition to these national grants, $30,000 in local grant money was distributed to other non-profits working for social justice. Recipients include The Learning and Loving Center directed by the Sisters of the Presentation, Day Workers of Mountain View, Silicon Valley Rising, and SIREN. All of these non-profits are striving to give dignity and justice to low-income workers in Santa Clara County.
Thank you for your donation to CCHD that made these good works possible. This year’s collection, on November 17-18, will continue to support our social justice programs that empower people to address the obstacles they face and bring about positive changes lifting people out of poverty in our communities.