WICHITA — Catholic Charities learned this week that it will receive a $1.4 million federal grant to help promote healthy families in Kansas.
The money is part of a three-year, $4.2-million grant requested by Catholic Charities of Kansas to fund the Marriage for Keeps project. The program, which started in 2002, offers free marriage-improvement workshops and one-on-one couples' counseling to low-income families statewide.
The money also will pay for skills-training for immigrants, a new component added this year to the Marriage for Keeps project, said Catholic Charities marketing manager Heather Welch.
Job-skills training, financial management classes and premarital education are also available.
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Congress approved the first year of funding for the project on Tuesday.
"We're just thrilled," Welch said. "This is a highly competitive grant, and we're the only recipient... in Kansas."
The grant was awarded to Catholic Charities by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.