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Catholic Charities of Diocese of Wilmington recipient of several grants to help local programs

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Dialog photo/Don Blake

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington was the recipient of several grants in support of its programs.

The Catholic social services agency said in a news release it received a $150,000 grant from the Home4Good program to support the agency’s Homelessness Prevention program from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Home4Good is jointly offered by the FHLB-Pittsburgh and the Delaware State Housing Authority. Home4Good aims to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to local service organizations.

With the funds, Catholic Charities officials say they will continue to work with low-income individuals to address conditions which threaten housing security. Catholic Charities plans to use the grant to help reduce homelessness by providing evidence-based services to reduce poverty, provide safe shelter, and encourage self-sufficiency through financial assistance, case management, and referrals to community services.

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The Laffey-McHugh Foundation recently awarded a $75,000 grant to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington for the Basic Needs Program. Catholic Charities announced it plans to use this grant to support underserved, low-income families and individuals with case management, financial assistance and community service referrals. The group said the grant will provide Catholic Charities financial support to help administer the basic needs program, which assists people to avoid homelessness, regain financial stability, and identify resources available to build a sustainable future.

Todd Veale, executive director of The Laffey-McHugh Foundation, said in a statement the foundation received many more requests for grants than it could support. “In making the difficult decision to select initiatives with high impact, your request met our criteria,” he said.

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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware awarded Catholic Charities with a “BluePrints for the Community” $44,000 grant to support access to behavioral health services for low-income families program. BluePrints for the Community was established to increase access to care and reduce health care disparities in Delaware.

“Highmark has been actively engaged in supporting not just members, but all Delawareans, in navigating the challenges of Medicaid redeterminations. Highmark is grateful to Catholic Charities for all they do for our neighbors and ensuring affordable access to behavioral health as we continue to address the impact of recent Medicaid changes. We thank our colleagues at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and BluePrints for the Community for assisting with this important work,” Todd Graham, president of Highmark Health Options, said in a statement.