USCCB News Release
November 13, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diocesan Projects Highlight Good Works Of CCHD
WASHINGTON—As the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) nears on November 21-22, numerous projects in dioceses all over the country reflect the benefits of CCHD funding toward breaking the cycle of poverty. In 2008, CCHD funding involved 776 Catholic parishes, 18 Catholic Charities agencies and 51 religious communities.
In Catholic dioceses, CCHD-funded projects address a variety of poverty-related issues at the local and regional level. Examples include:
- Federation of Congregations United to Service (FOCUS): a grassroots, multicultural, interdenominational organization in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida that empowers low-and-moderate-income families with leadership training and skills that build relationships for community change, including improvement of neighborhoods, public safety, education and children’s health care access.
- McIntosh SEED: a community-based organization in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, involved in the creation of a summer tutorial program that helped 200 students and their families improve their reading and math skills.
- Savannah Local Food Collaborative: also in the Savannah Diocese, an organization that is working to relocate a local farmer’s market in order to increase access to healthy, local food for the entire community, improve local food security, strengthen the local economy, and move toward a more sustainable environmental future.
- Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network (MINF): group in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that engages immigrants and allies on immigration policy, developing a broad base of leadership to address the broken immigration system, with a particular focus on immigrant youth.
- Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH): statewide coalition of people who have experienced homelessness, housing and shelter service providers, and advocates working together to obtain resources for affordable housing and homeless programs.
CCHD funds programs where poor and marginalized people are empowered to make decisions, seek solutions to local problems and find ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods. Economic development initiatives help poor and low-income people develop new businesses, create new jobs and develop assets that are owned by families and communities. CCHD also provides educational opportunities for Catholics to learn about poverty, interact with those affected by it and reflect on a faith response to it.