PORTLAND---Parishes in Bangor, Lewiston, Jay, and Saco have received Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants aimed at helping people in need make sustainable changes in their lives.
The program is supported each year through a collection taken up in parishes across the country. In the Diocese of Portland, the program is administered by Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry, which provides leadership, guidance, Catholic social teaching education, and training to empower parishioners to compassionately serve people of all faiths living in their communities. This year’s recipients are:
Good Shepherd Parish, Saco
The grant will be used for the Esther Residence, a transitional program for women who are leaving incarceration and/or treatment programs. The home is operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters with a goal of enabling the women to transition to independent living with employment so they can reunite with their children. The funds will assist women in the residence with security deposits and clothes for job interviews and employment.
Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston
The grant will be used to create a part-time position entitled “Parish Community Outreach Worker.” The individual will engage new immigrants in parish life and better connect them with resources in the community.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor
The grant will be used to start an Aging Ministry in the parish to serve all seniors living in greater Bangor who require assistance to remain in their homes and be active in their communities. The funding will be used to conduct a needs assessment, develop a resource directory, and to recruit and train volunteers.
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay
The grant will be used for the St. Rose of Lima Parish Social Ministry Community Center which offers direct assistance but also facilitates ongoing relationships with clients to give them skills and connections that will enable them to provide better for themselves and their families. The funds will help pay for materials, repairs, and improvements for the center which is housed in the three-story former parish school. The center will offer a thrift store, bread guild, cooking classes, and other programs.