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WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved grants totaling over $9 million to empower poor and low-income persons to overcome poverty and injustice. The bishops of CCHD subcommittee approved the grants during their meeting in San Diego on June 9.
"These grants represent the Catholic Church and the bishops of the United States standing in solidarity with those determined not to give in to the despair caused by pervasive poverty in our country," said Ralph McCloud, director of CCHD. "CCHD is just as committed as ever to standing by those who want to create a better life for themselves, their families and their communities."
This year's grant allocations also include a total of over $1.5 million in grants related to CCHD's new National Strategic Grant Program, which focuses on issues that are broader in scope regionally and that require a more intensive community response, especially from the Catholic community. These grants will support efforts including the statewide launch of a clinic in California that provides alternatives to abortion as well as programs intended to strengthen fatherhood and families; work by the California Catholic Conference to work with dioceses and other partners to reintegrate ex-offenders; and funding for parishes and other congregations in Florida to address criminal justice reform.
"Catholics should be proud of this opportunity to get involved in making a real difference in the lives of the people in their communities. As always, CCHD continues to support grassroots groups making real change, advancing justice and human dignity, providing hopeful alternatives to young people, supporting the rights of immigrants, and empowering entrepreneurs," said McCloud.
More information on CCHD is available online: www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/
Keywords: Catholic Campaign for Human Development, USCCB, U.S. bishops, anti-poverty, national strategic grants, social justice, economic development, Catholic social teaching, Bishop Jaime Soto, immigrants, grassroots
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