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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Andrew Musgrave – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone:  (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone: 937-281-4125

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409


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2019 - 2020 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 $303,000 this year in our archdiocesan communities!

Please learn about your “2017 – 2018 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

Abigail Journey, Momma Brigade:  Abigail Journey received  funding from CCHD to help sustain a very unique program called “Momma’s Brigade.” The project works along with the Montgomery County Jail reaching individuals struggling with an opiate problem to get the support network and encouragement they will need upon release from jail. The program goes further to help provide a support network for their families while their loved one is incarcerated.

Communities United for Action, Green Team:   Communities United for Action will grow their current leadership to form a 60-member Green Team made up of low-income people who are struggling to pay their utility bills. The Green Team will work with the City to develop renewable energy programs for low-income people, and they will develop relationships with the County and private entities to make renewable energy accessible for seniors and low-income people in our community.

Community Matters, The Washing Well:   The Washing Well is a social enterprise 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.

El Puente Educational Center,  Parent Education:   As first-generation Latin American immigrants, our students’ parents have only received an average of six years of education.  This often leads to parents feeling unsure of how to best help their child, often taking a passive role in their child’s education.  El Puente offers parent education through three essential elements:  weekly mothers’ group meetings, monthly parent education classes taught in Spanish by bilingual teachers and peers, and daily drop-in parent support with our Parent Program Coordinator to troubleshoot family and academic issues.  Through these, parents learn practical, basic strategies on how to support their child’s reading, math, and comprehension skills, even with limited English proficiency.

Hamilton Living Water Ministry, Inc., Constuyendo Exitoi / Building Success:   HLWM, serves some of Hamilton’s neediest children and families by providing them access to programs and services to help them succeed.  Their project will provide the resources for them to develop and implement English Language and Literacy Intervention programs for indigent Hispanic children and youth grades K-12.

Life Enrichment Center, Workforce Stabilization Program: The LEC Workforce Stabilization Program works to prepare individuals who have had challenges in their lives for the workforce, addressing BOTH life skills as well as technical skills needed for jobs that will provide self-sufficiency. Their program combines two established curriculums – a Core Construction certification through the NCCER and the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World life skills class. In combination, the program offers both a nationally-recognized certification for high paying construction jobs with an experience that helps individuals create a successful personal life path.

Oasis House, Trauma Recovery Management for Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Women:    This project allows Oasis House to assist women that have been sexually traumatized through programming and safe housing by ensuring that each woman’s needs are being met through individual case management and provision of necessary care planning, including counseling, mental health care, recovery groups, food, clothing, spiritual guidance, mentoring, programming and a safe living environment. This program will allow women to become empowered and healthy participants within their families and community.

Power Inspires Progress, Stabilization, Training and Job Placement for Adults with Chronic Barriers to Employment:  The Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant will support stabilization, training and job placement to adults with chronic barriers to employment.   Individuals in their program spend 20-30 hours per week learning job skills and workplace expectations in a social enterprise.  Each participant also meets with their Stabilization / Job Development coordinator several times a week.

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), Getting Ahead:   The Getting Ahead (GA) program teaches participants living in poverty to understand and use the “hidden rules” of social class and learn methods to build self-sufficiency through the development of financial, social and emotional resources to improve their lives.  This 18-week workshop series, based on the work of poverty researcher Dr. Ruby Payne, assists clients living in generational, persistent and/or situational poverty to evaluate their lives.  During the 2.5 hour weekly workshops, participants learn important skills (including 3 weeks of financial literacy education), develop a written plan for prosperity and build a larger support group to implement their plan in their quest out of poverty.