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Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. It was established in 1969 to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative social justice education. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes the empowerment and participation of the poor. By helping them to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.
Locally, CCHD has begun a process of partnering with various organizations in order to strengthen marriage and the family. It has become increasingly evident that if the Church is to help break the cycle of poverty in which so many Americans are now trapped, this must start with rebinding the institution of marriage to sex, living together and raising children. The aim will be to help form grass roots organizations in which those trying to break out of the cycle of poverty will be the primary protagonists in an effort to strengthen marriage and the family through a program of spiritual transformation.
Diocesan Director: Deacon Frederick W. Everett, JD
phone: (574) 234-0687
Saint John Paul II Center
1328 West Dragoon Trail
Mishawaka, IN 46544