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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.

CCHD operates out of the Catholic Social Action office, and it is supported by an Archdiocesan CCHD Committee that consists of parishioners from across the archdiocese. The purpose of CCHD efforts in the Archdiocese is two-fold. We seek to:

  • Educate parishioners about poverty in the U.S. and equip them to work for change, and
  • Fund groups in the archdiocese who are working to end poverty. We fund groups through the donations you make to the CCHD collection which takes place at your parish the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Are you an organization interested in potential CCHD funding?

Click here to access the application, criteria, and instructions.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr: CCHD is a “sign of hope” and the “path to decent work.”

In his appeal letter this year, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr asks that we celebrate the hope fostered through CCHD with our contributions to the collection that will take place in every parish on November 23-24, 2013.  Read the Archbishop’s letter, and learn how CCHD also creates opportunities for the New Evangelization!

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr’s Letter for the 2013 CCHD Collection

Among the many accomplishments from last year’s funded projects in the Archdiocese, CCHD funding helped to provide:

  • 73 people gained employment;
  • 189 people received job training
  • 55 people advanced in education
  • 214 youth attended educational programs or received leadership training
  • 566 people completed life skills, leadership or advocacy training
  • Over $6,200 in wrongfully withheld wages were won back;
  • Over 400 neighborhood residences were protected from blight.

The State of Poverty in the Archdiocese

Across the 19-counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, about 1 in every 8 people live in poverty.  In our urban counties, it can be about 1 in every 7; and in some rural counties, it can be 1 in nearly every 4!  The Glenmary Research Center has prepared this informative snapshot of certain demographic characteristics of the Archdiocese, including age, race, poverty, household income, and religious characteristics.  View their report here. 

2013 – 2014 CCHD Funded Groups in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Click here to view what our locally funded groups are setting out to do this year!

Your 2012-2013 CCHD Dollars at Work!

On a visit to Good Samaritan Home, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr poses with Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction parole officer Chris Niekamp.

Want to know what your CCHD donations accomplished?  Check out this list of accomplishments from 2012-2013: Your 2012-2013 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dollars at Work! 

Also, click here to read this wonderful story by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference on one of our 2011-2012 local CCHD grantees, The Good Samaritan Home!  Located in Greenville, this project will work with the nearly 100 men and women on parole in Darke County, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, to help ex-offenders reenter as productive members of the community.

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