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November 6, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
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A Dreamer envisions future
and how to achieve it

'We need to reach everyone, especially young people'

Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, center, was presented a lifetime achievement award for her work with refugees. With her are Monica Clark, a CCHD local committee member who presented the award, and Marc McKimmey, diocesan CCHD coordinator.

CCHD grants help empower East Bay groups

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development awarded $165,000 in local and national grants to 14 nonprofit groups in the East Bay for their efforts in addressing economic and social inequities in their communities.

The grants are funded by the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an initiative of the U.S. Catholic bishops aimed at fostering a culture of life and hope in communities across the nation. Twenty-five percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects. This year, that collection will be taken up in parishes Nov. 18-19, on the celebration of the First World Day of the Poor initiated by Pope Francis.

Catholic Campaign
for Human Development

Nov. 18-19
In Parishes in the Diocese
of Oakland

Or send check to:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development c/o
Catholic Charities of the
East Bay
433 Jefferson St.,
Oakland, CA 94607
In his statement establishing the World Day of the Poor on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pope Francis called for Christian communities to mark the occasion with "moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance" with people living in poverty.

This year's grant recipients gathered Oct. 11 at St. Columba Parish in Oakland to receive their awards.

Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, executive director of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the CCHD Local Committee during the luncheon. Established in 1982 by five Berkeley churches, the EBSC has been helping asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented minor children with housing, employment, educational and medical needs. The organization has provided legal help for the "dreamers" and has provided scholarships and other forms of support to immigrants and refugees from Haiti.

"Sister Maureen has not only been an able administrator, but takes a personal interest in everyone who comes to the EBSC for help," said Monica Clark, a CCHD local committee member, who presented the award to the Franciscan Sister.

Three CCHD-funded grants, totaling $110,000, were awarded to:

Gamaliel of California, $25,000; Oakland Community Organizations, $35,000; Northern California Land Trust, $50,000.

Eleven $5,000 grants, totaling $55,000, were awarded to:

Alameda Renters Coalition, Bay-Peace, Community Resources for Independent Living, Monument Impact, Parishes in Action, St. Columba Church Health Cabinet, St. Mary's Center, Sustainable Economics Law Center, United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, Urban Peace Movement, Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay.

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