Catholic Charities’ St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford is the recipient of a grant totaling $25,000 from United Way of York County to support early childhood development and ensure access to quality child care for all. COURTESY PHOTO

BIDDEFORD — Catholic Charities Maine today announced that two of its programs have been awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County totaling $33,000.

Independent Support Services will receive a total grant of $8,000 to support outreach to senior citizens in the community and homemaker services that enable them to remain living independently in their home.

Since 1967 Catholic Charities’ Independent Support Services has provided homemaker services statewide for seniors and individuals with disabilities, including in-home assistance with housekeeping, groceries, meal preparation and laundry.

The agency’s St. Louis Child Development Center in Biddeford is the recipient of a grant totaling $25,000 to support early childhood development and ensure access to quality child care for all.

The St. Louis Child Development Center at 229 Pool St. welcomes children of all faiths from 6 weeks to 7 years of age and provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities along with enrichments such as art, music and play to meet children’s educational needs along with the need for a safe and nurturing environment.

About 50 percent of the children enrolled at St. Louis are from low-income families. The Center is rated as the highest quality center by the State of Maine and is nationally accredited by the Council of Accreditation.

Through the mobilization of people, resources and expertise, United Way of York County works to improve lives across York County. Thanks to the continued support of dedicated individuals, businesses, and organizations across the region, this year the United Way is investing in 58 community programs that serve children, youth, adults, and families.

“Thanks to the generosity of those who support United Way’s work throughout the year, we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential and direct human services right here in our county,” noted United Way of York County President and CEO Barb Wentworth. “These important programs support the best start for our youngest citizens, provide healthy foods for children and seniors, engage youth in meaningful service, and meet basic needs – all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County.”

Since 1946, Catholic Charities Maine has provided high-quality, community-based, social services to people of all faiths, beliefs, and economic backgrounds.   As one of the largest human service agencies in the state, we are committed to helping children and adults overcome adversity and achieve self-sufficiency. More than .92 of every dollar we receive goes directly to serving our neighbors in need. To learn more, please visit www.ccmaine.org or call 1-800-781-8550.

United Way of York County improve lives by mobilizing people and resources. Founded in 1986, United Way of York County turns every dollar contributed back out into the community at a value of $4.13.

To learn more about United Way of York County, visit www.buildcommunity.org or call 985-3359.

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