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Grants Awarded

2019 Cycle One

The following organizations were awarded grants from the CPPS Heritage Mission Fund in Cycle One of 2019. We wish them every success in the accomplishment of their goals in serving God’s people. Click on the organization names to visit their websites.

(See Grants Awarded in 2018)


Affecting Community Transformation dba Oasis House
Project: Safe Housing and Case Management of Sex Trafficking Victims.
Organization Mission: To offer hope to women in the sex industry by promoting healing, restoration, and empowerment through Christ’s unconditional love, teaching practical life skills, and mentoring the transformation process.


Ai Tam Educational Organization (ATEO)
Project: Mobile Library Program (MLP)
Organization Mission: We, Ai Tam Educational Organization, believe that education is the key to success. We commit and dedicate ourselves: to provide opportunity for education, to promote lifetime learning, and to foster individual responsibility especially for underserved children and families in remote areas of Viet Nam. Together we can ultimately build a sustainable community, strengthen family, and empower persons.


All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister
Project:Enhancement and Expansion of AACSS
Organization Mission: All- Africa Conference: Sister to Sister ( AACSS) brings together African Women Religious so they can more effectively address the issues of disparate poverty and HIV/ AIDS ravaging their countries. In workshops, seminars and degree programs, Sisters are able to listen, learn and empower each other to develop collaborative strategies to alleviate suffering and instill faith and hope.


Alverno College
Project: Alverno College Program for Music and Liturgy: Launching an Innovative Community-centered Approach
Organization Mission: Alverno College prepares women for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission by offering graduate and adult programs to women and men. Inspired by its Catholic, Franciscan, and liberal arts heritage, the College intentionally creates an inclusive community that engages students in active and collaborative learning and fosters academic excellence.


Asociacion para la Promocion y Difusion Cultural, Social y Educative “Centro de Formacion Multiple de la Preciosisima Sangre”
Project: Holy Mary of the Most Precious Blood School of Integral Formation for Church Leadership
Organization Mission: The purpose of this project is to offer integral education beyond grade school in Guatemala for young Mayan or Garifuna women from highland or rural areas where there is little or no access to higher learning. Great importance is given to self esteem and leadership. This project has two parts: a free boarding school, Middle and High School levels, in San Raymundo. The graduates who want to study beyond high school in the Capital but have no housing available live at Casa Sofia (a free residence) in zone 16. We hope to form leaders in Church and Society.


Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties
Project: Catholic Charities Center for Hope Project Expansion
Organization Mission: Our mission is the work of the Catholic Church, to share the love of Christ by performing the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy.


Catholic Diocese of Morogoro
Project: Animal Husbandry Farming for 1,231 Poor School Drop outs Girls in 15 Rural Parish Communities
Organization Mission: The Mission of the Catholic Diocese of Morogoro is to Spread the Gospel in works, Deed and Spiritual sustainability with special emphasis to the redeeming love of Jesus. To make local Christians be economically self sustaining and support the future Church of God.


Catholic Schools Office, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Project: 2019 Dayton Summer Learning Program
Organization Mission: The Catholic Schools Office provides leadership, service, oversight and support to the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


Change and Be Changed, Inc.
Project: Renovation of Annex to New Operating Facility
Organization Mission: Change and Be Changed (CABC) strives to achieve gradual progress toward self-sufficiency of the diocesan hospitals and health centers in Northern Malawi hard hit by the effects of systemic poverty. In particular, Kaseye Mission Hospital, a struggling, remote community hospital, is in great need of updates and renovations.


Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center
Project: Just Pay – Opposing Wage Theft Among At-Risk Workers in Cincinnati and Dayton
Organization Mission: Our mission is to mobilize, educate, and organize low wage and immigrant workers to achieve positive systemic change; the goal is to provide workers with the tools and support they need to transform their workplaces and communities as a whole. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural organization unified in the struggle for justice. At the CIWC workers share with one another the tools they need to confront injustice.


Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Project: Community Education and Housing Program
Organization Mission: The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, a Congregation of women religious of different ages, with diverse gifts and talents. Our mission is to actualize the saving and healing love of Jesus, the Incarnate Word. Coming from many countries and cultures, we are united by our call to live Jesus’ misi6n of love and service through the promotion of human dignity, especially among those who are most vulnerable.


Dayton Council on World Affairs
Project: Transportation for Junior Council on World Affairs Events
Organization Mission: The Dayton Council on World Affairs is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that has served the Dayton region for 70 years by educating and engaging our local community and our high schools (JCOWA) with global programs. DCOWA believes that the more we understand the world around us, the better we are positioned to meet the challenges ahead.


Dayton Right To Life Foundation
Project: P.E.A.C.E (Programs for Education, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment)
Organization Mission: Protecting life from conception to natural death through law, education, and community action.


Dominican Sisters of Peace
Project: Forging Paths out of Extreme Poverty and Violence
Organization Mission: As a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace congregation, including 20 plus years of service by Sr. Gene Poore, OP, to Kingston, the Jamaican Outreach Collaborative (JOC) project aims to alleviate the suffering and economic despair of its residents. This collaborative capitalizes on the work of our Congregation’s sponsored Jamaican ministry. Using the Catholic social teaching of dignity of the human person the collaborative seeks to care for some of the most vulnerable people in the world by addressing their many needs holistically through a variety of programs offered year-long. This holistic approach is critical to making meaningful change in the lives of the poor and is made possible by partnership.


El Puente Educational Center
Project: El Puente Educational Center
Organization Mission: El Puente is Spanish for “the bridge”, which is a symbol for the mission to serve as a bridge and connection point to Latino students and families to academic success, well-being, and increased integration in the Dayton community.


Elizabeth’s New Life Center
Project: Precious Beginnings Program
Organization Mission: The mission statement of Elizabeth’s New Life Center (ENLC) is to “empower individuals and families to make Godly life choices.” We do this by providing free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at our seven Women’s Centers across Southwest Ohio. We also offer material assistance and educational opportunities to our clients, so they can better themselves. ENLC ministers to women and families with a holistic approach. We seek to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of every client served at our centers.


Friends of Batahola
Project: Strengthening and supporting CCBN Women and Adolescents
Organization Mission: Friends of Batahola supports, sustains and promotes the Cultural Center of Batahola in Managua, Nicaragua, through prayer, financial assistance, solidarity and building community, thereby responding to the call of the Gospel. The Culture Center of Batahola (CCBN), founded by Sr. Margarita Novarro, CSJ and Fr. Angel Torrella, OP, is to be an arts, culture and educational institution committed to the development of our community and those whose socio-economic, general and generational condition and position leave them most vulnerable. We strive to be recognized for the competence, efficiency and efficacy of our actions, displaying a spirit of solidarity free from all types of discrimination toward the population we work with.


Fundacion Cerro Navia Joven
Project: Precious Blood Community Center for Older People
Organization Mission: The vision of the Foundation is to collaborate in overcoming the poverty of the most excluded groups of Cerro Navia with a focus of justice and dignity of the person. The mission of the foundation is to contribute to overcoming inequality and social exclusion, seeking to respond to real needs and urgencies,with strategies aimed at children, youth, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. Through organizational solidarity and community action of Christian inspiration, the Foundation welcomes, accompanies and develops their capacities. We seek to announce and denounce disclosing the different realities of exclusion influencing decision-making at the territorial level.


Good Neighbor House
Project: GNH Dental Clinic – Oral Health
Organization Mission: To empower healthier families by fostering the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our neighbors.


Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation – Dayton
Project: Mothers Empowered
Organization Mission: The mission of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation – Dayton is to inspire philanthropy to enhance the health and well-being of the Greater Dayton communities and the healthcare professionals who care for them. Following the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital, vital community programs and services supported by Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation are continuing. Our commitment and our mission of service will not waver. The spirit of our foundresses, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, and indeed, the spirit of the Good Samaritan – the call to bring compassion and healing to the most vulnerable – will live on through the Foundation’s ongoing work.


Good Shepherd Ministries
Project: Transportation & Community Gardens Start Ups
Organization Mission: Good Shepherd Ministries is an interdenominational Religious agency, which provides social services to those in recovery and/or reentry. Our Life Recovery Center assists clients with a fresh start.


Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
Project: West Dayton Community Services Center
Organization Mission: For more than 80 years, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley (GESMV) has empowered people with disabilities and other disadvantages to achieve independence and improve their quality of life. Founded locally in 1934, Goodwill helped adults with disabilities prepare for and find work. Since 1919, Eastereals sought to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities, and later seniors. The two organizations merged locally in 1999 and continued serving children and adults with mental, physical, behavioral, and other disabilities in 23 West Central Ohio counties. Our programs focus on learning, socialization, preparing for the workforce, and job placement and retention.


Hope for Kabingo, Inc.
Project: Phase Three, Developing Water Resources in Kabingo, Uganda
Organization Mission: We, as people of faith, partner with the villagers in the Kabingo, Uganda region to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and provide hope for a better tomorrow.


Ignatian Spirituality Project
Project: Leadership & Formation Program
Organization Mission: The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) provides experiences of hope, transformation, and belonging by offering life-changing spiritual retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.


Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
Project: Anti-Human Trafficking Program
Organization Mission: The Intercommuniy Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national, and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society.


Living Waters International, Inc.
Project: Construction of a Kindergarten at Ponta do Ouro in the Maputo Archdiocese of Mozambique
Organization Mission: The mission of Living Waters International, the organization serving as the fiscal agent for this grant request, is to assist in the procurement of funds for Roman Catholic missionary congregations to advance their missionary work in Africa.


Madonna Mission
Project: Angel Campaign and Student Transportation
Organization Mission: Madonna Mission is a non-profit organization providing education and resettlement programs for refugees. Programs include ESL classes for women, after-school program supporting grade school students, summer enrichment for girls and boys and other workshops. Volunteers from nearby neighborhoods, universities and high schools, under the leadership of our director, provide MM’s academic support and mentoring.


Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Project: My Pathway to a Healthcare Career
Organization Mission: Inspired by the vision of the Sisters of Mercy, we promote the empowerment of individuals with a special focus on disadvantaged women and seniors through proven programs that educate, foster self-sufficiency and support enhanced quality of life.


MicroFinancing Partners in Africa
Project: Microfinance Scholarship Program at St. Francis Vocational School (Polingisi, Tanzania)
Organization Mission: By strengthening and expansion of microfinancing programs in Africa, MPA empowers those living in extreme poverty to lift themselves up with dignity through access to services and education. MPA is committed to the belief that people have the right, the will and the capacity to direct their own future. MPA recognizes that it is African women who are most often denied education, resources, power and status, yet also possess incredible potential and drive to succeed.


Mission of Mary Cooperative
Project: Expansion of Neighborhood Gardening Programs
Organization Mission: Our mission is to provide an integrated ecological response to the complex social and environmental fractures within the community of Dayton, OH. Through urban agriculture and educational programs, Mission of Mary establishes a preferential option for the poor by promoting integral ecology, which includes: ecological conversion, local self-sufficiency, and healthy food distribution.


Ñepi Behña AC
Project: Indigenous women organized toward creating Fair Trade, Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Development projects for the Buen Vivir and common good of their communities
Organization Mission: Ñepi Behña uses a holistic approach to build economic empowerment and women leadership skills to have a positive impact on their community´s food and environmental sustainability. Our main strategy is women´s empowerment, enabling them to collectively lead their communities through their own knowledge. Ñepi Behña provides workshops on woman´s rights, eco-based technologies, environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, community organizing and Fair Trade principles in order to maximize their potential towards economic self-sufficiency. We work jointly with rural indigenous women organizations that promote dignity, justice and equity to recognize and value women’s work and projects for the Buen Vivir (wellbeing) of their communities.


Our Lady of MercySt. Vincent de Paul Conference
Project: Expansion of Neighbor Assistance Program
Organization Mission: The Mission Statement for the Dayton District Council of St. Vincent de Paul states its mission as: “Growing in spirituality and friendship, provides Christ-inspired person-to-person support in an empowering effort to improve the lives of those in personal, spiritual, or material need.”


Pax et Bonum Communications, Inc.
Project: Santa Chiara Children’s Center, an outreach project of Pax et Bonum Comm.
Organization Mission: SCCC’s sacred mission is to provide complete systemic change in the development of approximately 70 abandoned, displaced, abused and neglected children from the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They arrive hungry, malnourished, and bearing all kinds of physical, emotional and psychological wounds that need to be lovingly embraced and healed. SCCC offers the children compassion; a nonviolent home; three nutritious meals daily; basic education in reading, writing and math and art; continuing education; medical care; and a sense of dignity and solidarity for the common good. Ultimately, in nurturing and enabling these children over their years at SCCC, the objective is for them to succeed as adults who can become contributing citizens.


Peaslee Neighborhood Center
Project: Do Development Differently Campaign
Organization Mission: Peaslee Neighborhood Center is a peaceful place in Over-the-Rhine where residents create and engage in participatory education to foster creative expression, self determination and social change.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati
Project: Reentry Program: Empowering Returning Citizens to Reenter Society
Organization Mission: St. Vincent de Paul—Cincinnati (SVDP) is a network of neighbors, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need. For 150 years, SVDP has provided basic necessities to vulnerable Cincinnati neighbors and alleviated suffering as the region’s largest provider of emergency assistance. SVDP’s core services include Reentry Support, Homelessness Prevention through rent and utility assistance, Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy, Home Visits, Ozanam Center for Service Learning, Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati, and Thrift Store Vouchers for furniture, clothing, and beds. SVDP also addresses root causes of poverty by working for systemic change.


St. Adalbert Catholic Elementary School
Project: The Power of One
Organization Mission: Saint Adalbert Catholic School offers academic challenges for children in pursuit of knowledge, a spiritual identity based on scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and a social responsibility that enables the school family to respond to the needs of our times. The mission to educate children has its foundation, life, and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


St. Bernardine Medical Center
Project: Healthy Eating-Active Living
Organization Mission: We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to: delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and partnering with others in the community to improve its quality of life. Through Outreach Centers located at each of the 2 Dignity Health hospitals, we provide health and wellness education, resources and advocacy to all in our community.


St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Free Clinic
Project: Bridge to Care – Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
Organization Mission: Founded in 1979 in Orange, California by Sister Marie Therese Solomon, Lestonnac Free Clinic now serves more than 9,000 patients annually throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Our mission is to provide free health care services to low-income and uninsured residents in Southern California through the generous support of volunteers and donors. By providing disadvantaged and underserved populations with access to high-quality health care services free of charge, including preventive care, specialty care, and services for chronic diseases, we strive to ensure that no one has to forego health care due to cost.


St. Vincent de Paul Social Services Inc.
Project: Operating Support for Homeless Shelters
Organization Mission: The Dayton District Council of St. Vincent de Paul, growing in spirituality and friendship, provides Christ-inspired person-to-person support in an empowering effort to improve the lives of those in personal, spiritual, or material need. In the tradition of our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, we are united in a society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, and mutually supportive gatherings. Witnessing God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice, The Society collaborates with people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, we see the face of Christ.


St. Vincent De Paul St. Rita’s, St. Paul’s, and Precious Blood Conference
Project: St. Vincent De Paul — Serving Those in Need
Organization Mission: Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentians are united in a society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, and mutually supportive gatherings. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.


YWCA Dayton
Project: YWCA Dayton Domestic Violence Services
Organization Mission: YWCA Dayton’s mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. As part of the oldest and largest women’s organization in the nation, YWCA Dayton has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for nearly 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Through direct service programming and advocacy, YWCA Dayton responds to the needs of those on the margins of our community and restores wholeness through safety, shelter, and the opportunity for a new beginning.