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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Mission 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in American through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education on Catholic Social Teaching. The message at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching has always been justice and hope for the poor. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.

The CCHD Review and Renewal:

  • reaffirms CCHD’s Catholic foundations and priority for the poor
  • responds to concerns about some of CCHD’s funding policies
  • makes "10 Commitments" to strengthen CCHD as a faithful and effective expression of Catholic teaching and the Gospel mandate to defend the lives and dignity of those who are poor in our nation

Read the full report: “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, as accepted and affirmed by the USCCB Administrative Committee, September 15, 2010” (pdf)

Fact sheet on The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (pdf)

Review and Renewal: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t (pdf)

Report of Bishop Roger Morin on CCHD and ACORN (pdf)

Resources 

Collection Resources 

CLICK HERE to download a variety of resources in both English and Spanish to promote the CCHD Collection including:

  • Parish resource guide
  • Bulletin inserts
  • Bulletin announcements
  • Parish appeal
  • Speaker's guide
  • Posters
  • Web ads

Poverty in America 

While the statistics about poverty paint a picture of a country in need of change, here are the stories of people who are working in their communities to make a difference. CLICK HERE to read Portraits of Hope.

What can you do?

Programs 

CCHD grant projects are funded by the generosity of the faithful through the annual collection on the fourth Sunday of November. Examples of projects in the Diocese of Manchester that have received CCHD grants:

  • United Valley Interfaith Project
    Mission Statement

    United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that works to improve the quality of life for residents of the central Connecticut River Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont (Grafton and Sullivan Counties, NH; Windsor and Orange Counties, VT.) Through their membership in UVIP, 12 faith communities have committed to working together on systemic issues which contribute to poverty in the region.

    Contact: (802) 295-5415 or unitedvalleyinterfaith@gmail.com

    Current Focus

    Increasing affordable housing (including the affordability of home heating fuel

    Increasing public transportation and elder transportation

  • Granite State Organizing Project

    Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization incorporated in 2002 that works to improve life in south-central New Hampshire. It is an organization comprised of religious, labor, and community organizations and individuals who join through their member organization.

    Contact: Sarah Jane Knoy, Lead Organizer
    GSOP at (603) 668-8250 or at granitestateop@comcast.net

    • Works to ensure quality education in Nashua and Manchester
    • Works to reduce the drop out rate
    • Secures transportation to hospital and medical appointments
    • Advocates for affordable housing
    • Advocates to improve the ability of non-citizen workers to contribute in New Hampshire

Grants 

For information about the CCHD grant program and process, please visit www.usccb.org/cchd.

Catholic Social Teaching 

  • Economic Justice for All, USCCB
  • Communities of Salt and Light
  • Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
  • For more information, please contact:
    Meredith P. Cook, Esq.
    Director of the Office of Public Policy
    (603) 663-0148
    mcook@rcbm.org

    Diocese of Manchester
    The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

    153 Ash Street, Box 310
    Manchester, NH 03105-0310
    (603) 669-3100
    Fax: (603) 669-0377

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