Innovative Social Justice Program at OLL Gets More Support

Our Lady of the Lake’s innovative Micro-Lending Program is attracting more supporters. Thanks to a generous gift from the Ohio Federal Catholic Credit Union, the parish will continue its efforts to help people in the community help themselves.

The Micro-Lending Project, a visionary social justice initiative championed by Fr. Joe Fortuna, is creating new ways for parishioners at Our Lady of the Lake to give back to their communities and create supportive networks to help lift up hard-working members of the community who need a hand up, and not just a hand-out.

Begun in 2016 with a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the program provides small loans, mentoring, professional services and a supportive cohort to small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to make a better future for themselves and their families. So far in the pilot, three successful loans have already been processed, and the goal is to increase that number significantly in 2018, while also adding more benefits, such as business training programs.

If you would like more information about the Micro-Lending Program at Our Lady of the Lake, please call Fr. Joe Fortuna at (216) 486-0850 or visit the website:

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:26 PM, 10.08.2017