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.”
CLick on the video below to learn more about a CCHD funded group, Naugatuck Valley Project, and how they help to break the cycle of poverty.
The CCHD Process
In the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development seeks to:
To apply for a local grant click on the blue "Community or Economic Grant Application" button to the right.
Information on how to apply for national grants can be found here.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Resources
CCHD's web site: Here you will find wonderful resources for your parish, including the following.
The Poverty Tour is now available in CCHD's video library
Check out CCHD's newsletter, Helping People Help Themselves.
CCHD Economic Development Brochure (Folleto en Español)
CCHD Brochure (Folleto de CCHD en Español)
Handout: What is CCHD?
Que es la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano (CCHD)
CCHD Review and Renewal process
CCHD Collection Resources
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
Mr. Thomas McCabe
Mr. Brian Stiltner
Mrs. Tracey Clements
Mrs. Jennifer O'Neill
Mrs. Bailey Lavoie
CCHD Youth & Young Adult Opportunities
Click on the image above to learn more on how to live the gospel through catholic social justice.