Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) recently received grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) through the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte.

Checks to each organization were presented at a grant awards luncheon in Hickory May 21 by is Joe Purello, Director of the Office of Social Concerns and Advocacy.  

The $4,500 Habitat grant will purchase Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” program for each Habitat homeowner. According to Kim Freeman, Executive Director of Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity, “The plan is to use the program to teach our homeowners how to be more aware of their financial situations and spending habits and how they can change them for the better.”    

RHP is a local nonprofit that provides urgently needed repairs to the homes of qualified low-income homeowners. RHP provides materials; volunteers provide labor.  Its $3,000 CCHD grant will help pay for professional services.  “We get walk-ins and phone calls pretty often from people needing critical repairs that go beyond the skills of volunteers – bug infestations, electrical wiring issues, plumbing problems,” said Linda Tribou, RHP Resource Development Associate. “This money will help meet that need.”

Habitat and RHP told the stories of their organizations – and of their long-time collaboration – as part of the program at the luncheon.

The CCHD was initiated in 1970 and is a domestic anti-poverty program of the Catholic Church. It is one of the nation’s largest funding organizations for self-help community-based programs.