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Grant to help Va. Catholic charity help immigrants

Wednesday - 9/18/2013, 4:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Commonwealth Catholic Charities Inc. has been awarded a $250,000 grant to support its program to help immigrants achieve U.S. citizenship.

The faith-based charity says it will use the funding to provide assistance and citizenship instruction to refugees and immigrants in Richmond, Roanoke and Hampton Roads.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services program. The Virginia charity was among 40 organizations in 21 states that received a total of nearly $9.9 million.

Over the next two years, the agency said it anticipates 31,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services in the nation.

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