Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development


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.

Learn more about CCHD on the USCCB website

Learn more about Poverty USA, an initiative of the CCHD


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:

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: (603) 668-8250 or at

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

Monadnock Interfaith Project

Monadnock Interfaith Project (MIP) is a citizen-led group of volunteers who aims to enact systemic change and empower those in need. Through faith-based community organizing, MIP creates an environment to foster and appreciate cross cultural differences.

Contact: (603) 357-4521 or


Download CCHD Brochure

Download CCHD Handout

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Collection Resources

Download a variety of resources in both English and Spanish to promote the CCHD Collection.

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. Read Stories of Hope.

What can you do?

Get the facts about poverty.

Get involved in your community.

Reflect on poverty, pray for solutions.

Read the latest news on poverty from CCHD.


For information about the CCHD grant program and process, please visit

Catholic Social Teaching

Economic Justice for All, USCCB

We Are Salt and Light

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us