Ten parishes, organizations and agencies that serve the people of the Diocese of Trenton were awarded a total of $10,000 in grants from the 2018 Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund.
The fund, which bears the name of the seventh bishop of the Diocese, was established to present annual grants for special projects. Any entity, apostolate, individual, special ministry or organization that attempts to provide services for the vulnerable and/or poor population within their community is eligible to apply for this grant support.
Awards are determined by the Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund Committee, which selects from the pool of applicants who describe their amount needed with a detailed rationale for their requests. This year, 10 recipients were chosen, and the $10,000 total grant is the endowment fund interest that is accumulated in a year’s time.
On May 31, Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia, announced the recipients for 2018, which includes the St. Katharine Drexel Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference. The Burlington County parish plans to use the $500 grant to assist with the purchase of food service equipment for use during their fund raising events, noted parishioner Jeff Robertson.
“This will help us buy new kitchen utensils and appliances,” he said, “including a 75-cup coffeemaker. We can replace old pots and pans and get some new shelving, too.”
The council hosts events such as their “Souper Saturday” fundraiser, selling soup, hot dogs and other foods “where we can raise money to help more clients,” Robertson said.
Other recipients include:
Bread from Heaven Café Inc., Jackson ($750): To help sustain operation of the Soup Kitchen Program.
Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County ($2,500): To assist in the support of the Center’s childcare and food programs.
Center for FaithJustice, Lawrenceville ($750): To assist in sustaining the LeaderworX program, with a specific focus on leadership development, training and programming.
Good Counsel Inc., Riverside ($1,000): To help ensure the formerly homeless, pregnant mothers and their babies will continue to receive sustenance throughout their counseling and training.
Gennesaret, Aberdeen ($1,500): To assist with the cost of running retreats for those living with life changing illnesses.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County Inc., Toms River ($1,000): To assist with providing shelter, food and other support services to homeless children and their families.
Mount Carmel Guild, Trenton ($1,000): To help with providing utility assistance to individuals and families.
New Jersey State Prison, Trenton ($500): To help with the purchase of Bibles, religious books, DVDs and CDs used for Catholic instruction.
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Eucharist Conference, Tabernacle ($500): To assist with the purchase of gas cards to help support the transportation needs of clients/guests in their service area.