I’m John Pitzer, one of the co-chairs of The Community Mission Appeal, also known as CMA. CMA is a way for the Diocese to help certain ministries that are in need of financial help and support.  Formerly known as the Bishops Annual Mission Appeal, the name was changed a few years ago to reflect the importance of building up our diocesan community.  Since it was established in 2015, CMA has awarded over $90,000 to wonderful ministries making an impact in our community. This money is raised solely from churches and individuals in the diocese, so thank you for your support, and for making a difference.

The grants being awarded this year total $25,000 and I am happy to tell you of the following recipients.

Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiave is an organization doing work in Central City with regards to housing and community projects and began as a response to the needs after Hurricane Katrina. Jericho Road is a ministry of Christ Cathedral, and they will receive a grant of $2,500

Sanctuary Farms, is a community garden working and helping the local community and is a ministry of St. Phillip’s. Sanctuary Farms  will receive a grant of  $5,000

Christ Episcopal Enrichment Program, also known as the CEEP, is a summer camp sponsored by Christ Church Covington. CEEP will receive a grant of $5,000

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana Office of Hispanic Ministry will receive a grant of $5,000

St. Anna’s Food Pantry and Homeless Outreach Program offering short-term emergency assistance is sponsored by St. Anna’s. This homeless outreach program will receive a grant of $7,500

On behalf of Les Mutt my co-chair from St. Margaret’s BR, and Donna Hurley at St. Mark’s on the west bank, I would again like to thank everyone for their support both financially and with your prayers.