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VOICE OF COMPASSION (VOC) GRANTS

2003 - 2016

The Voice of Compassion Fund was established by Voice of the Faithful in the Diocese of Bridgeport to meet the needs of many Catholics who were reluctant to contribute to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal in the aftermath of the clergy sexual abuse and financial scandals.

Annually one hundred percent of funds solicited and collected are distributed to grant recipients.  The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) receives an annual grant, as do other organizations that work with survivors of sexual abuse.  The majority of the remaining grants are given to organizations that are dedicated to serve the poor and needy.

Participation on the Granting Committee is invited annually from interested members.  Funds are distributed in March at the Annual Conference of VOTF where representatives of each program have an opportunity to share a sense of their purpose and services on behalf of the people they serve.

Since VOC’s inception in 2003, 91 grants, totaling $134,300, have been awarded to 25 charities.

Following is the list of the charities that have been recipients of Voice of Compassion Grants:

2015-16 – VOC Grants totaling $6,950 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $1,600
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $1,650
  • Bridgeport:  Diocese of Bridgeport, Office of Safe Environments - $500
  • Norwalk:  Open Door Shelter - $1,600
  • SNAP/CT - $1,600

2014-15 – VOC Grants totaling $7,150 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $1,650
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $1,650
  • Bridgeport:  Diocese of Bridgeport, Office of Safe Environments - $500
  • Norwalk:  Open Door Shelter - $1,650
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $300
  • SNAP/CT - $1,400

2013-14 – VOC Grants totaling $9,200 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $2,200
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $2,200
  • Norwalk:  Open Door Shelter - $2,200
  • Norwalk:  Center for Youth Leadership - $400
  • SNAP/CT - $2,200

2012-13 – VOC Grants totaling $11,300 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $2,500
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $2,500
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Hospitality House - $2,300
  • Norwalk:  Christian Community Action - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $1,000
  • Stamford:  Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education - $1,000
  • SNAP/CT - $1,000

2011-12 – VOC Grants totaling $9,000 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $2,100
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $2,100
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Hospitality House - $1,100
  • Norwalk:  Christian Community Action - $850
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $850
  • Stamford:  Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education - $1,000
  • SNAP/CT - $1,000

2010-11 – VOC Grants totaling $9,250 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Black Rock Food Pantry - $750
  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $2,000
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $2,000
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Hospitality House - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Christian Community Action - $750
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $750
  • Stamford:  Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education - $1,000
  • SNAP/CT - $1,000

2009-10 – VOC Grants totaling $12,400 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Black Rock Food Pantry - $1,700
  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $1,700
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity - $1,700
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Hospitality House - $1,700
  • Darien:  Person-to-Person - $1,700
  • Norwalk:  Christian Community Action - $1,700
  • Stamford:  Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education - $1,100
  • SNAP/CT - $1,100

2008-09 – VOC Grants totaling $12,250 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $1,750
  • Bridgeport:  Black Rock Food Pantry - $1,750
  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity Youth Program - $1,750
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Center - $1,750
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $1,750
  • Norwalk:  Christian Counseling Center - $500
  • Stamford:  Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center - $750
  • Outside Fairfield County:
  •   Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) - $500
  •   Road to Recovery - $500
  •   Haiti:  Haitian Health Foundation - $1,250

2007-08 – VOC Grants totaling $9,000 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Bridgeport Rescue Mission - $1,000
  • Bridgeport:  Frank Habansky Food Pantry - $1,000
  • Bridgeport:  Shepherds, Inc. - $1,000
  • Bridgeport:  Thomas Merton Center - $1,000
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Center - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Notre Dame Convalescent Home - $1,000
  • Stamford:  New Covenant House - $1,000
  • Stamford:  Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center - $1,000

2006 – VOC Grants totaling $12,000 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Daughters of Charity Nursery School - $1,250
  • Bridgeport:  Shepherds, Inc. - $1,250
  • Bridgeport:  Thomas Merton House - $1,500
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Center - $1,500
  • Norwalk:  Christian Counseling Center - $1,250
  • Norwalk:  Manna House of Hospitality - $1,500
  • Norwalk:  Notre Dame Convalescent Home - $1,250
  • Stamford:  Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center - $1,250
  • Outside Fairfield County:
  •   Washington, D.C.:  Paulist Program for Dialogue and Reconciliation - $1,250

2005 – VOC Grants totaling $13,300 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Thomas Merton House - $2,500
  • Bridgeport:  Shepherds, Inc. - !,000
  • Danbury:  Dorothy Day Center - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Birthright of Norwalk - $1,000
  • Norwalk:  Christian Counseling Center - $2,500
  • Norwalk Christian Community Action - $800
  • Stamford:  New Covenant House - $2,000
  • Stamford:  Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center - $2,500

2004 – VOC Grants totaling $12,500 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Daughter of Charity’s Day Nursery - $2,500
  • Bridgeport:  Shepherds, Inc., a Diocesan high school mentoring program - $2,500
  • Bridgeport:  Thomas Merton House - $2,500
  • Norwalk:  Birthright of Norwalk - $2,500
  • Stamford:  New Covenant House - $2,500

2003 – VOC Grants totaling $10,000 were presented to:

  • Bridgeport:  Family Stages - $2,500
  • Bridgeport:  Thomas Merton House - $2,500
  • Stamford:  Queen of Clergy Residence for Retired Priests - $2,500
  • Wilton:  Retirement Fund of the School Sisters of Notre Dame - $2,500
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