CCHD awards 1st national grant to program for former prisoners
CWN - November 06, 2013
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has awarded its first national grant to the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, according to a press release from the Society.
CCHD, the US bishops’ controversial domestic anti-poverty program, has traditionally awarded grants that are local in scope.
The Society’s National Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program received a grant of $500,000 that “is subject for renewal up to five years, for a total of $2.5 million.”
The Society’s CEO “said a unique feature of the program is the combination of approaches to the issue: the Society's face-to-face meeting to identify basic needs and create a plan to succeed, partnered with a community-organizing model,” the press release noted. “As the ex-offenders make their way through the program, the expectation is that they will take on leadership positions, particularly as role models and mentors to those coming into the program behind them.”
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