Mission & Identity


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic 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.

CCHD has a complementary mission of educating on poverty and its causes. This strategy of education for justice and helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.

CCHD provides the Catholic faithful with concrete opportunities to live out the love of God and neighbor in ways that express our baptismal call and continuing Eucharistic transformation. CCHD is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection.

CCHD is an essential part of the Church in the United States' social mission, and a unique part of the Catholic community's broad commitment to assist low-income people, families and communities.  

National Office Staff

Main Number . . . . . . . . . .  202-541-3210
Fax Number   . . . . . . . . . .  202-541-3329
Main Email     . . . . . . . . . .  @email 




Ralph McCloud




Alexandra Carroll Assistant Director 202-541-3364 @email  
Lydia Jiles Grants Administrator 202-541-3210  @email  

Grant Specialists


Area A

Jessica Zurcher 202-541-3371


Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont  

Area B

Gene Giannotta 202-541-3211 @email  
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin  

Area C

Sean Wendlinder 202-541-3212  @email  
Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia  

Area D

Juan Aranda 202-541-3370   @email  
Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas  

Area E

Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Education and Outreach


Helder Hernandez

Poverty Education & Outreach Coordinator





Emily Schumacher-Novak

Assistant Director for Education & Outreach





CCHD National Collections

For collection-related questions, contact Margaret Hren in the Office of National Collections: 202-541-3365.  

CCHD Diocesan Contacts

For more information regarding the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, please contact your local CCHD Diocesan Coordinator.