Source: Orthodox Church in America
The Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY], a national alliance offering communities an opportunity to heighten awareness of how to combat substance abuse, prevent bullying, encourage sexual abstinence outside of marriage, and encourage respect for the sanctity of the human body, recently established headquarters in Cicero, IL.
Founded by the Department of Youth Ministries of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, in conjunction with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, OCCHY was awarded a five-year Drug Free Community matching grant of $125,000.00 per year, according to Archpriest Nicholas Dahdal, OCCHY Director.
“Your respective bishops have all been informed of OCCHY’s new beginning, and we are thankful for their acknowledgement and blessings to go forth and to address this challenge together in the greater Chicago Orthodox Christian community,” Father Nicholas wrote in a letter dated August 10, 2012 addressed to all Chicago-area parishes.
OCCHY’s Project Coordinator is Ms. Gordona Trbuhovich, who brings years of organizational experience to the coalition’s efforts.