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Here you will find information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. It was established in 1969 to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative social justice education.
The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty. CCHD supports grassroots organizations as they create jobs, improve neighborhoods, train adults for employment at a living wage, keep schools safe and enriching for children, and raise leaders for the future.
Each year, during the month of November, all the parishes of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have a second collection to provide funding for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Since its beginning, CCHD has provided more than 8,800 grants to self-help projects developed by grassroots groups of poor persons. Each year CCHD distributes national grants to more than 300 projects based in local communities. In addition, hundreds of smaller projects are funded through the portion of the CCHD collection retained by dioceses. The projects' successes and the relationships developed have significantly changed the lives of the poor in our country.
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To learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, visit the website at www.usccb.org/cchd/mission.shtml
You may reach our local archdiocesan director for CCHD, Theresa Chamblee at 317-473-0413 or email@example.com