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    The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response
    Every September, the Census Bureau releases its updated statistics on income and poverty. Understanding and utilizing this data can help guide our advocacy efforts and improve our educational outreach. Watch the webinar to learn about the statistics and what it all means for people struggling to make ends meet. For additional reference, you can also view/download the presentation slides.

    Pastoral Aid for 1st World Day of the Poor/CCHD National Collection (Nov. 19)
    This pastoral aid includes a homily resource reflecting on the Sunday readings and Pope Francis' message. It also includes Prayer of the Faithful, a sample bulletin announcement, parish activity ideas, and more. Also available en Español.

    Creating on the Margins Contest '17-'18
    Schools and parishes can engage youth in grades 7-12 to learn and create as part of CCHD's annual contest (formerly called the Multi-Media Youth Contest). The '17-'18 theme is "Share the Journey of Young Migrants and Refugees," to coincide with two-year effort in support of migrants and refugees that Pope Francis will launch in September. Learn more (also en Español).

    Nominations for the Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award
    The Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award, an activity of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), is presented annually to an individual or group whose work demonstrates an outstanding witness to gospel values and action on behalf of justice. Nominations may be submitted by a CCHD Diocesan Director, lay or religious parish staff, a CCHD-funded organization, university faculty or staff, a mentor, or a colleague. Nominations are due September 15. Learn more.

    U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements
    The U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM) took place February 16-19, 2017, in Modesto, California. The convening brought together hundreds of faith and social justice leaders from various cultures and communities from across the U.S., along with grassroots leaders from other countries.  The Modesto meeting was the first U.S. Regional convening being organized in conjunction with three international world meetings that have taken place in Rome (in Oct. 2014 and Nov. 2016) and Bolivia (in Oct. 2015).

    Watch the video of some WMPM highlights.

    Related Resources:
    Pope Francis' address to the 3rd World Meeting of Popular Movements in Rome, November 5, 2016 | En Español.
    Pope Francis' letter to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements | En Español.
    Welcome letter from Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (in English and in Spanish).
    Cardinal Tobin's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. Video of his address.
    Bishop McElroy's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.

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    CCHD Newsletter: Helping People Help Themselves
    CCHD's quarterly print newsletter, Helping People Help Themselves, features a message from the Director, Ralph McCloud, and offers inspiring examples of the good work CCHD funds. Read the latest and past editions online.

    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

    Chicago high school student Ana DiVito, who won CCHD's 2016 Multimedia Youth Contest, discusses her winning piece "Neighbors" and the importance of working for social justice

    After several years of serving people released from prison, a program based in Racine, Michigan is ready to expand its Second Chance program.

    Catholic News Service profiles the work of St. Peter Claver parish in West Baltimore, whose organizing efforts CCHD supports. The bishops of the United States gathered at this church to celebrate the opening liturgy for the fall General Assembly. Watch the video about their historic and ongoing work for peace and racial justice.

    Faced with poor plumbing, broken elevators, bed bug infestations, and other issues, tenants in Chicago work together to partner with management for improved living conditions for low-income residents.

    Executive director of the Utah-based Disabled Rights Action Committee pens letter of support for the CCHD Collection, highlighting the importance of CCHD's faith-filled support for advocates with disabilities.

    Leaders of St. Vincent de Paul's Reentry Organizing Program, including returning citizens, celebrated the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with a special Mass with Pope Francis for prisoners and those who minister to people in jails and prisons.

    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
    CCHD has invested over $4 million to empower immigrant communities.

    Strategic National Grants
    Check our CCHD'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. 

    Read stories about CCHD funded groups that are making an impact in their local and greater communities.

    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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