Diocese Reviews Grant Details

Initial check shows awards support Church teachings

On Nov. 12, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay became aware of concerns involving the Gamaliel Foundation and its state umbrella group called WISDOM. It appears that the groups had been associated with Health Care for American Now (HCAN), which on Nov. 7, 2009, began to advocate for the inclusion of abortion coverage. It is our understanding that, earlier this week, both groups notified HCAN to withdraw their membership. This is of interest to the Diocese of Green Bay because two local groups, JOSHUA and ESTHER, have associations with Gamaliel and WISDOM.

In past years, JOSHUA and ESTHER received funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), which are national collections operating under the direction of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For decades, CCHD and ORB have helped improve the lives of people overseas and here in Northeastern Wisconsin. Given the revelations of Nov. 12, we are researching the details to ensure there are no problems with CCHD and ORB grants authorized by the Diocese of Green Bay. If there is any conflict of principles, we will see how we can continue the good work of local ecumenical groups and uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our initial review of locally distributed grants from CCHD and ORB to JOSHUA and ESTHER show that all local grants support the teachings of the Catholic Church.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Grant Distribution History


2009

  • ESTHER, a community organizing unit based in Winnebago and Outagamie counties, received a $6,300 CCHD grant to promote leadership development of Spanish-speaking immigrants.
  • The United Hmong and Asian American Community Center of Green Bay received a $3,000 ORB grant to help fund its information referral service.
  • The Immigration Task Force of Green Bay received a $1,116 Operation Rice Bowl grant to fund its telephone response network to serve victims of workplace raids.
  • Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay received a $1,500 Operation Rice Bowl grant to help subsidize its free dental care to Spanish-speaking immigrants.
  • The Hispanic Resource Center of Sturgeon Bay received a $4,682 Operation Rice Bowl grant to help fund its social outreach programming to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Door and Kewaunee counties.
  • LEAVEN, which provides small bridge grants for housing and utilities and information referral throughout the tri-county area, received a $1,000 Operation Rice Bowl grant for services provided to Hmong- and Spanish-language patrons.

2008

  • ESTHER, a congregation-based organization in Winnebago and Outagamie counties, received $4,500 from CCHD to help offset the cost of leadership training for four Spanish-speaking immigrants in their member congregations.
  • The Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross received $1,000 from Operation Rice Bowl to help offset the cost of International Human Rights Laws classes and family tracing services for refugees and immigrants in Northeastern Wisconsin.
  • JOSHUA, a congregation-based organization in Brown County, received $4,000 from Operation Rice Bowl for leadership training sessions for Spanish-speaking immigrants in Brown County.
  • The United Hmong and Asian American Community Center in Brown County received $5,000 from Operation Rice Bowl to help underwrite the annual operating expenses for its information referral and advocacy services.
  • Integrated Community Services Inc. in Brown County received $3,582 from Operation Rice Bowl to help offset the expenses of its Home Owner Maintenance Program to refugee and immigrant clients.
  • LEAVEN, which provides emergency utility and shelter grants and information referral services to indigent people in the Fox Cities, received $1,934 for energy assistance to Hmong- and Spanish-speaking clients.

2007

  • ESTHER received $4,500 from CCHD for its “Building a Stronger Immigrant Community” project, which offers civil rights information to families. ESTHER is a union of congregations in Winnebago and Outagamie counties that seeks to bring positive social change by fostering community leadership among low-income people.
  • The Literacy Council of Brown County received $4,960 from Operation Rice Bowl for its project titled “English Outreach.” The initiative seeks to increase English fluency among non-native speaking adults. Help will be accessible through neighborhood centers. The Literacy Council offers a variety of programs that advance literacy through reading, writing and speaking English.

2006

  • Community Voices in Action received a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant of $5,000. The Brown County-based organization is a new association of homeless and formerly homeless persons who have organized to help advance the political and economic status of low-income people.
  • Circle of Care received a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant of $5,000. The Appleton-based organization is a cooperative of home health-care aides. The grant will help provide training opportunities for aides.
  • The Hmong Community Center of Manitowoc County received a $5,000 grant from Operation Rice Bowl. The funds will be used to start a new Hmong-to-Hmong mentoring program in Manitowoc County.
  • The Brown County Car Seat program received a grant of $3,000 from Operation Rice Bowl to help acquire car seats for low-income Hmong and Spanish-speaking families.
  • LEAVEN received a grant of $1,000 from Operation Rice Bowl to help provide emergency home heating assistance to its Spanish-speaking clientele. LEAVEN is based in Menasha and serves people from throughout the Fox Cities area.

2005

  • Brown County Food and Hunger Network of Green Bay received $7,000 for its Self Employment Mentoring Program of Hmong Refugees.
  • Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin of Green Bay received $2,100 for its Coming Home Project, which promotes self-esteem, good decision-making and positive peer relationships among Hispanic and Southeast Asian youth in the greater Green Bay area.
  • NEW Community Shelter of Green Bay received $3,000 for a GED Certificate Program.
  • LEAVEN of Fox Cities received $1,000 for Emergency Hispanic Housing Assistance.
  • NEWIST of Green Bay received $1,000 to produce a documentary about restorative justice.
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Oshkosh and St. Mary Parish in Omro received $5,000 for “Una Luz en la Oscuridad.” In its second year, the project is a mission of all Catholic parishes in the Oshkosh area. It will expand Hispanic ministry from St. Mary Parish in Omro to Oshkosh, Ripon and Redgranite. Ministry is in the forms of liturgy, evangelization and social services.
  • St. Willebrord Parish of Green Bay received $3,000 for Hispanic Health Ministry. This program makes available Spanish-speaking health-care providers (both Hispanic and non-Hispanic) who perform blood pressure, sugar and cardiovascular screening as well as health-care literacy to low-income Latinos.
  • Worry Free In Home Care Services of Oconto County received $7,500 for the Rural Women and Employment, Education and Empowerment project. It provides non-medical companion care, assistance with homemaking chores, and yard care for elderly persons in Oconto County.