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.
Visit OCCHY’s web site at www.healthyyouth.com. For additional information please contact Ms. Trbuhovich at Gordana@healthyyouth.com.