This week Catholic Charities USA presented Social Innovation Awards to two Washington state local member agencies during its Partners in Excellence Regional Gathering event held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; one of 10 regional gatherings taking place across the country in 2013 and 2014. The Social Innovation Awards recognize socially-innovative programs being run by Catholic Charities agencies and come with a grant to be reinvested in the program for continued success.
Catholic Charities Housing Services of the Diocese of Yakima was recognized for its New Life Homes Project which was launched in 2004. Targeting families at or below 80% of the median income for the Yakima area, the program helps first-time homebuyers achieve their dream of owning a home by offering financial assistance in exchange for ‘sweat equity.’
Catholic Charities of Spokane’s Vinegar Flats Community Farm initiative garnered the second award for providing access to healthy and affordable fresh produce from local farmers markets for those in need.
We thank our local member agencies for their hard work and dedication to improving the charitable work in their cities through these programs and look forward to the next regional gathering in New Mexico on December 12, 2013.
For more information on these programs and awards, please see the full CCUSA press release.