BACK OF THE YARDS — The Archdiocese of Chicago is awarding $660,000 in grants to 26 community organizations committed to social justice and anti-poverty work across Cook and Lake counties.
As part of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development program, the archdiocese is recognizing transformative work being done by local community groups.
“The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps strengthen families and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in a statement.
“Through the generous support of our parishioners, CCHD programs help bring real change for the poor and help break the cycle of poverty in our communities,” Cupich added.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Back of the Yards, Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Uptown-based ONE: Northside and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association are among the 2018-19 awardees.
Precious Blood Ministries of Reconciliation, which works to improve the lives of people affected by inequality and incarceration through education, policy work and creating restorative justice dialogue circles, will receive $65,000.
Pilsen Neighbors Community Council will receive $10,000. The organization is focused on justice and equity around violence prevention, mental health and education.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, founded in 1969, has focused on distributing grants to community groups that develop leaders and creating change at a local level.
The full list of awardees are:
• Alliance of the SouthEast
• Arise Chicago
• Chicago Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers
• Chicago Housing Initiative
• Chicago Workers’ Collaborative
• Communities United
• Community Renewal Society
• Illinois Hunger Coalition
• Jane Addams Senior Caucus
• Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
• Lake County Sponsors
• Latino Union
• Logan Square Neighborhood Association
• Lugenia Burns Hope Center
• Metropolitan Tenants Organization
• ONE: Northside
• Pilsen Neighbors Community Council
• Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
• Progress Center for Independent Living
• Saint Agatha Parent and Family Empowerment Initiative
• South Side Community Federal Credit Union
• Southside Together Organizing for Power
• Southwest Organizing Project
• The People’s Lobby Education Institute
• Target Area Development Corporation
• Waukegan to College