Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
What is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development?
CCHD is the National Catholic anti-poverty program established by the US Catholic Bishops in 1969. Its mission is to protect the life and dignity of all people, including those living in poverty in our communities. This program helps those living on the margins to have a voice and receive a hand up, not a hand-out. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people organize themselves to address local issues and build better lives for themselves.
“It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.”
The CCHD Process
In the Archdiocese of Hartford, CCHD seeks to:
To apply for a local grant click on the blue "CCHD Local Grant Application" button to the right
Information on how to apply for national grants can be found here.
CCHD's web site: Here you will find wonderful resources for your parish, including the following.
Click on the image to view USCCB's Poverty Awareness Facebook page, Poverty USA.
Local CCHD Grant Information
CCHD Committee Members
Mrs. Lynn Campbell, Archdiocesan Director
Ms. Anna Eisen
Sr. Mary Ellen Burns
Ms. Mary Lou Connors
Mr. Thomas McCabe
Mr. Brian Stiltner
Mrs. Tracey Clements
Mrs. Jennifer O'Neill
Mrs. Bailey Lavoie, CCHD Intern
CCHD Youth & Young Adult Opportunities
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