The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ. CCHD is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence, believing that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them. Contributions to the annual collection are essential to the success of CCHD. Generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Together, we can make a difference in families and communities across the United States. Please donate prayerfully and generously.
The CCHD was established in 1969 by the U.S. bishops to address the root causes of poverty in the United States. Bishop John Noonan said it is an expression of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church by providing an opportunity to live out the Gospel in a very tangible way. It was created to help those who are poor and voiceless in their communities find a way out of poverty by investing their ideas and input into the decision-making of public policy and the allocation of resources in their local communities.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from each CCHD collection stays in each diocese to address issues of poverty and foster liberty and justice at the local level. CCHD uses the national portion of the collection to fund projects across the country through grants. These grants fund community efforts to promote human dignity and fight poverty. Many of the funded projects focus on health care, immigration, community safety, political participation and environmental justice.
Deborah Shearer, director of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy and Justice, which also receives funding from the collection, said organizations that receive funding from CCHD must comply with a rigorous application and reporting process. Each diocese is responsible for the close scrutiny and approval process through the application procedure and oversight of the use of funds. In the Diocese of Orlando, the staff of the Office of Advocacy and Justice, under the guidance of Bishop Noonan, is responsible to ensure every applying organization has complied with the strict criteria and guidelines of the national USCCB/CCHD office.
Local organizations that receive funding from CCHD are:
FAITH (Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony) in Volusia County. They focus on coordinating resources to meet the needs of the homeless in Volusia County through a Safe Harbor center. Member churches include: Epiphany Catholic Church, Port Orange; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Daytona Beach; San Jose Mission, Barberville; St. Peter Catholic Church, Deland; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach.
PEACE (Peace Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment) in Polk County: They focus on reforming juvenile offender sentencing and mental health issues in the community. Member churches include: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Winter Haven; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lakeland; St. Ann Catholic Church, Haines City; Resurrection Catholic Church, Lakeland and St. Matthew Catholic Church, Winter Haven.
Faith in Florida in Orange County: They focus on immigration reform and restoration of rights for ex-offenders transitioning out of prison. Member Churches include: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park; Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Orlando; St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Orlando.
For more information on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, visit: www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/index.cfm