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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) 421-3131 ext. 2660
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: 513-421-3131 x7106

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409


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2018 - 2019 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

Communities United for Action, Housing Action Team:  By receiving the 2018 CCHD grant:  A permanent source of funding for home repairs for indigent home owners will be developed; establishment of a full-time housing court to connect homeowners to resources and to hold negligent property owners accountable;  Develop a Community Benefits Agreement with the Hamilton County Revitalization Authority.

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

El Puente Educational Center, El Puente Parent Education and Advocacy:  El Puente responds to first-generation Latin American immigrants limited education, by offering weekly mothers’ group meetings, monthly parent education classes taught in Spanish by bilingual teachers and peers, and daily drop-in parent support with the Parent Program Coordinator to troubleshoot family and academic issues.  Through these, parents learn practical, basic strategies to take a more active role in their child’s education.

Hamilton Living Water Ministry, Inc., Constuyendo Exitoi / Building Success:   Resources will be provided to develop and implement English Language and Literacy Intervention programs for indigent Hispanic children and youth grades K-12.

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 / education and job placement efforts.  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.

Victory Project, Inc., Victory Improvement Projects:  Victory Improvement Projects (VIP) provides employment and job experiences to the students who participate in the Victory Project’s program.  VIP provides landscape services, and takes on light remodel and demolition jobs along with construction clean up.  They do framing, interior trim, drywall repair, painting and flooring.

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.