Sunday, July 09, 2006

CCHD Awards Two National Grants in Diocese

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has awarded national grants to two self-help commununity organizing groups in the diocese of San Jose.

A grant of $20,000 was awarded to Low-Income Self-Help. LISHC works with very low income people, primarily women. This grant enables them to continue their work to advocate for universal health care. As part of their work, they have published a booklet containing testimonies and research on the impact of the lack of health care access in the local community.

A grant of $30,000 was awarded to SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network). SIREN works to empower the immigrant community primarily in the Mayfair district of San Jose. In addition to advocacy for just immigration laws, they provide education on issues important to the immigrant community and citizenship information.

The diocesan grant committee will also meet over the summer to consider other applicants for smaller grants issued by the diocese at the local level.

Congratulations to Low Income Self-Help and SIREN!

Founded 35 years ago, CCHD provides grants to groups working to empower the poor across the United States. The funds for these grants are raised by the annual collection on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. See for more information.


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