While our mission is simple, the needs of Black Catholics are very complex, and the appropriate methods for addressing those needs differ widely. For instance, we may help pay tuition costs for elementary students or provide test preparation for young scholars applying to colleges.
We make it possible for a single mother to keep her baby, or provide the resources for a woman to leave an abusive relationship and learn to be self-supporting. We aid parishes in their outreach to young and old, helping them realize the presence of Christ in their struggles and in their lives every day.
Generosity is one of the hallmarks of Christian values. You give your time and resources to your family, your community, your church, and those who are less fortunate. And you recognize that the needs of this world are many. We are committed to our mission to help Black Catholics through innovative programs to reengage and safeguard our urban youth, reciprocate the love of our senior citizens, and address racism through social awareness and action, among other programs that improve the lives of Black Catholics daily. We ask for your generosity now.
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2019 GRANT RECIPIENT:
Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center
Converting a school into a local community resource center is challenging, but the Corpus Christi Parish has accomplished that goal and many more. Serving as an anchor for the New Orleans 7th Ward, especially after Hurricane Katrina, the parish works hard to grow the footprint of the Church by addressing the complex needs of the neighborhood. The 7th Ward is a majority-Black community with one of the highest murder rates in the country and an annual per capita income of less than $13,500. What an opportunity this presents us for infusing the light of Christ! The Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center offers a friendly, safe, and multi-generational setting to meet this goal. Specific programs address positive youth development, preventive wellness, basic social services, and job and workforce development. Meeting spaces are used for Bible study and other faith-based activities. Support from the NBCC helps this local organization nourish and support Black Catholics.
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2018 DRF GRANT RECIPIENT
Little Zion Workshop Way Preschool
A fully licensed educational center for learning, Workshop Way Preschool is also certified to service Virginia Department of Social Service families in need of assistance. The enrollment capacity is 20 children. It was opened in October 2017, with an enrollment of 5 children, 4 of whom were on some type of financial aid.
It is staffed by two Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and a layperson assistant teacher as a tuition-based nonprofit entity. Tuition is $125 per week, plus additional charge for before and after care. This fee, although less than other programs available in the area, is prohibitive for families, especially for single parents who are working full time at a minimum wage. Tuition scholarships constituted 90% of their income.
The academic program, however is of the highest quality in research based programs. All children learn well and love to learn and cooperate with others. It strategically sets up conditions for learning in the classroom carefully implementing a WAY of teaching and learning similar to Montessori. (Little Zion Workshop Way Preschool)
320 Cathedral Street | Baltimore, MD 21201 | 410-547-8496
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There are many ways to make a gift and you can decide what your gift will benefit. Unrestricted gifts will be used where there is the greatest need, while restricted gifts may be contributed to a specific program or fund.
Sr. Beulah Martin and lead teacher, Mrs. Maxcine Ross, are pictured with some of their wonderful students.
We – the National Black Catholic Congress Development Fund – support programs that improve the lives of Black Catholics, via social, financial, educational, religious, and cultural outreach, across the nation.