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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone:  (937) 498-1192
Phone:  (937) 224-3026 ext. 5015

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2017 - 2018 CCHD Funded Groups

Archbishop Schnurr meets with staff from CCHD-funded organizations and St. Vincent de Paul. Photo by Tony Tribble

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, founded in 1969, is the domestic antipoverty social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. When you support CCHD, you give hope to poor and low-income Americans struggling to build a better life.

Your contribution supports self-help programs that give community members the chance they need to become self-sufficient. The grants listed below, along with those agencies funded by National CCHD, represent an investment of $254,000 this year in our archdiocesan communities!

Please learn about your “2016 – 2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dollars making change” for success stories from the previous funding cycle!

For further information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, please contact: Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office (513) 421-3131, ext. 2660 (Cincinnati), or (937) 224-3026 (Dayton) or our national website,

Local Grants Funded through the Archdiocesan CCHD Committee

A Future Without Poverty, Inc., Ripley’s Gourmet Tortilla Factory:  As a direct result of Future Without Poverty  receiving the 2014 CCHD grant:  30 unemployed individuals have received work, (includes three previously homeless and 17 recovering drug addicts).  Additionally, 11 Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School Culinary Arts students have completed their mini-internships at Ripley’s Gourmet Tortilla Factory, children as young as 10 and as elderly as 74 have earned income by planting pepper plants provided by Future Without Poverty.  After harvesting their peppers, Ripley’s Gourmet Tortilla Factory buys them.  The 2017 project will see Ripley’s Gourmet Tortilla Factory expand into a mini-whole foods grocery store. Ripley’s Gourmet Tortilla Factory will carry a limited line of Dairy, Cheese, Spices, Herbs, Pork, Beef, Chicken, Food Kits, etc.

Communities United for Action, People and Planet Coalition:  Neighborhoods that Communities United for Action works in continue to experience sewage backups and high sewer bills.  While Communities United for Action members have engaged with two county task forces, implementation of the recommendations at MSD is slow in coming.  Communities United for Action is pressuring county commissioners and other decision makers to use green infrastructure solutions, make rates affordable for low-income residents and create local jobs.  Communities United for Action members have also expressed concern  high energy rates and about Duke Energy’s proposed pipeline for the eastern part of Hamilton County, which would be paid for by raising rates in all of Duke’s service area.  Communities United for Action is working to reduce rates by working for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Community Matters, Washing Well Laundromat:  The Washing Well is a community Laundromat that provides access to a safe, affordable, and local laundry facility in the Lower Price Hill community.  Laundry is a  basic human need that is often overlooked in many communities.  A few years ago, Lower Price Hill residents called out this need and advocated for a community based solution to address the laundry desert and provided community ownership of the solution.  The Washing Well is a testament to the power of building a community from within.

Dream Builders Group Inc., Clubhouse Teens in Training:  Teens in Training, TNT programming was developed to empower at-risk 6th graders in Clubhouse to become community leaders.  The TNTs design & implement present and future programming through hands on learning – service trips and leadership activities for 2nd – 6th graders with limited opportunities.

HELP Program for Returning Citizens, Returning Citizens Re-entry Reorganization:  The Returning Citizens Re-entry Reorganization creates an opportunity for people with criminal records to experience and live out their redemption.  Based out of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, the HELP Program for Returning Citizens is a key part of the Church’s mission to reduce poverty and violence, protect the innocent and offer real alternatives to crime.  (USCCB, Nov. 15, 2000).  Program participants engage in advocating for state and local policies that aid in their social restoration.  The guided leadership development will aid in restoring their voice and dignity.  The program assists Returning Citizens in their attainment of education and employment.

Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Youth Educating Society (YES):  The Youth Educating Society (YES) Program is designed for young immigrants (documented or undocumented) and young allies of the immigrant community.  The goal is for them to educate themselves on current state and national immigration issues and to receive leadership training.  IJPC wants to prepare these young adults to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and to be ready to respond to any anti-immigrant legislation that arises.  Through the project, we seek to connect immigrant youth with other local, regional and national groups to reinforce their message and to allow their voices to have a greater impact on the local and national conversation.

Oasis House, YES Mentoring:  The YES Program is a continuation of a unique mentoring ministry designed to help the healing, restoration, and deliverance of women from sex trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse and from physical, emotional and domestic violence.  The program continues to use the “Life Recovery Bible” as a tool.  Women are encourage through and eight week self- empowerment program to strengthen their self-esteem, receive professional help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ultimately develop the courage to withdraw from the adult sex trade industry.  YES is a peer driven  group program relying on the teachings of Jesus Christ and offers hope for a new life.

Wesley Community Center, Inc., Youth Succeeding:  Youth Succeeding provides low-income students in grades K-8 with youth programming through after-school and summer enrichment that addresses academic, cultural and social  emotional needs.  Through programming, students are afforded the opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment while receiving academic assistance, social/emotional development, health and wellness, cultural, leadership and social justice enrichment.  This program addresses family cohesiveness through monthly parent and family engagement activities.  Youth Succeeding prepares students for success in the classroom, college and workforce as it addresses the social/emotional, moral, ethical and spiritual values.