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    Catholic Campaign for Human Development


    CCHD: Working on the Margins

    Happening Now

    Keep up with the the latest news and developments from CCHD!

    The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change. I am with you. Each of us, let repeat from the heart: no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.
    Pope Francis, Address at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bolivia

    Mission & Identity

    Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

    The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.

    Read more about CCHD's Mission & Identity.

    CCHD in the News

    Raising the Wage in New York City
    In the New York Times, the folks who wait our tables just got a raise thanks to the work of CCHD supported ROC NYC.

    "I will not be bullied..."
    Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces responds to those who would unfairly suggest that one CCHD group is guilty by association and compromise the Church's legitimate work of social justice.

    Native Americans Get Long Overdue Recognition
    CCHD supported Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation was instrumental in getting Oglala Lakota County finally on the map.

    Bishop Soto Visits Saint Louis Immigrant Community
    CCHD chairman Bishop Jaime Soto recently spoke on the topic of immigration during a guest lecture in St. Louis and visited with leaders from CCHD supported Latinos en Axion.

    Faith Based Organizing Says No to Payday Lending
    Deseret News looks at how faith communities and community organizing groups, including Metropolitan Congregations United, are tackling payday lending.

    Bishop Kicanas Tells Congress: Stop Treating Immigrants as Less than Human
    Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, a member of the Subcommittee on CCHD, recently testified before Congress on behalf of immigrants.

    CCHD Working on the Margins - Highlights

    Environmental Justice
    Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million and partnered with over 35 community-based organizations and 31 dioceses in 22 states to support environmental justice.

    Justice for Immigrants
    In 2014, CCHD invested over $4 million to empower immigrant communities.

    Strategic National Grants 2014
    Check our this year's strategic national grantees
    , tackling Catholic education, a voice for the Mexico-US border, affordable housing, immigration reform, leadership development for farmworker communities and more.

    2014-15 Grantees
    CCHD has awarded over $14 million to community groups working nationwide to overcome poverty and injustice. Take a look!

    Tools & Resources

    Video Library
    Visit CCHD's Video Library to see the Poverty Tour and other informational videos.

    CCHD Brochure
    Basic information on CCHD | En Español

    Economic Development
    CCHD Economic Development Brochure | En Español

    What is CCHD?
    Handout: The Gospel in Action | En Español

    Review and Renewal
    Information on the Review and Renewal of CCHD and the Truth About CCHD

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