The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an instrument of the Catholic Church 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)
CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. It has a complementary mission of educating on poverty and its causes. This dual pastoral 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.
Each year, the USCCB Office of the Campaign for Human Development undergoes criticism of who receives funding through the grant allocation process. These funds are strictly scrutinized by each diocese and only those groups who are compliant with the USCCB criteria of moral consistency with Church teaching may apply. Each applicant is approved by the local bishop and oversight is given by diocesan departments.
January is Poverty Awareness month. With 3.9 million people out of work and 45.2 million people living below the poverty line, many of them children, we must respond with God’s love and compassion to help people out of the cycle of poverty. For more information on this important program, see: http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/ Or contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 407-246-4819.
Editor’s Note: Some of the Diocese of Orlando parishes who work directly with organizations advocating social justice benefit from funding from CCHD.