Working to end poverty in the United States!
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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U. S. Catholic Bishops.
Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
Founded in 1969, CCHD's pastoral strategy of empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading toward solidarity between poor and non-poor is impelled by the Church's biblical tradition, modern Catholic social teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.
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The grants, economic development and education for justice program of the Campaign, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, is supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes.
Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Life and Dignity of the Human Person. All human life is sacred, made in the image and likeness of God. Society and its structures should aim to lift up the human person.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation. Humans are social and develop in community, starting with family. We should construct our society so all can flourish and participate in the decisions that affect them.
Rights and Responsibilities. Every human person has basic rights inherent in his or her very nature. We have a responsibility to organize our society so the rights of all can be fulfilled.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. Those who are weak, vulnerable and most in need deserve preferential concern.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. Through work, humans participate in God’s ongoing process of creation. Work has dignity and the basic rights of workers must be respected.
Solidarity. We are one human family and are called to work for the common good—so that each individual can flourish materially, spiritually, and in all ways.
Care for God’s Creation. The earth has been entrusted to us, its stewards. All of creation is interdependent and its gifts are for all to share.
CCHD Advisory Board
Sr. Jane Boos, S.S.N.D. (Director)
Tom & Jane Deters, Quincy
Ken Handley, Decatur
Hugh Harris, Springfield
Sr. Maureen Irvin, OSF, Springfield
Melissa Lynch, Decatur
Karen Miller, Charleston
Deacon Raymond Roth, Jr., Rochester
Deacon Michael (Kim) Scott, Winchester
Walt Unger, Maryville
CCHD Local Grant Information
The following links provide more information about the CCHD Local Grant Program.
CCHD National Grant Information and Applications
CCHD National Information Flier