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Agencies that help the homeless and poverty-stricken received 32 percent of the $622,000 in grants from the Corporation of the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Utah.

This is the second year the diocese has provided such grants, and the awards announced for 1990 will benefit 55 groups and organizations providing social ministry to Utahns in need.Major grants of $25,000 to $68,000 each were given to six agencies - three of them involving homeless shelters in Salt Lake City and Ogden. A teen pregnancy prevention program, a pastoral care nurse program and Catholic Community Services were also selected for major gifts.

The announcement was made earlier this month during a Bishop's Weekend attended by some 600 Episcopalians. Those selected for grants were chosen from a total of 114 agencies which applied for grants totaling $3.4 million.

The Episcopal Diocese of Utah sold St. Mark's Hospital to the Hospital Corp. of America in December 1987, providing millions of dollars for mission and ministry in Utah and also retaining a ministry through the hospital for indigent health care. A charitable grants committee of the Corporation of the Bishop was formed to annually review requests and disburse monies to groups doing social service outreach in the state.

Many of the agencies receiving funding are endorsed or sponsored by each of the 22 congregations of the diocese. Last year, the diocese disbursed more than $1 million to social service agencies, including $600,000 to assist completion of a men's homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. This year's grant recipients are:

Travelers Aid Society; Assistance League of Salt Lake City; Catholic Community Service of Utah; Central Utah Food Sharing Program of Richfield; Community Pantry of Brigham City; Crossroads Urban Center; Dixie Care and Share Program; Episcopal Church on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation; Food and Shelter Coalition, Provo; Iron County Care and Share Program; St. Anne's Center, Ogden; St. Mark's Cathedral Food Bank; Utah Issues Information; Center of Family Development, Salt Lake City;

Davis Family Support Center, Clearfield; Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake; Rape Crisis Center, Salt Lake City; Utah Legal Service, Inc., Salt Lake City; Utah Children, Salt Lake City; Your Community Connection of Ogden/Northern Utah; YWCA of Box Elder County; The Haven, Salt Lake City; Indian Alcoholism Counseling and Recovery House Program, Salt Lake City; Odyssey House of Utah, Salt Lake City; Ability Plus Developmental Preschool and Early Intervention Center, St. George; Alliance House, Inc. Salt Lake City; Association for Retarded Citizens, Utah County South; Association for Retarded Citizens/Utah;

Camp Kostopulos, Salt Lake County; Counseling Institute, Park City; Family Counseling Center, Midvale; Grand County School District, Early Intervention Task Force, Moab; Holy Cross Hospital Foundation; Hospice of Cache Valley, Inc., Logan; Hospice of Brigham City; Independent Living Center, Price; Indian Alcoholism Counseling and Recovery House Program, Salt Lake City;

Maurice Warshaw Foundation of Salt Lake City; National Society to Prevent Blindness/-Utah Affiliate; Oquirrh Hill Foundation, Grantsville; Salt Lake AIDS Foundation; Utah Independent Living Center, Salt Lake City; Work Activity Center for Handicapped Adults; Cathedral of the Madeleine; Community Nursing Service/-Hospice, Salt Lake City; Pastoral Care Nurse Program of HCA/St. Mark's Hospital; Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah; Womens' Center for Lifelong Learning, Utah State University; St. Paul's Christian School, Salt Lake City; St. James Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City; Salt Lake Urban Social Ministries; Acts VI Soup Kitchen, Brigham City; School of St. Peter, Clearfield; Provision of Psychotherapy Services; Wendover Ministerial Association.