As it happens every year in most dioceses across the country, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) national collection will take place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. In Southwest Kansas, we don't have a specified collection, but it's still a good opportunity to remember our diocesan contribution and involvement in this annual campaign.
The fact of the matter is that for over 43 million Americans, there is a thin line:
- between unemployment and work
- between anxiety and stability
This line is the Poverty Line. For a family of four, that line is $24,257 a year, according to the US Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2015.
CCHD is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. The annual nation-wide collection is essential to its success. Generous donations to this annual collection give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.....
CCHD was founded in 1970 by the Catholic bishops of the United States as their domestic anti-poverty program. Designed to address the policies and structures that perpetuate poverty to create sustainable solutions, CCHD empowers poor and marginalized people to join together and make decisions to improve their lives and neighborhoods.
For example, with support from CCHD, El Pájaro Community Dvelopment Corporation (CDC) is empowering Latino and Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs like Marleny. Marleny came to the United States from El Salvador, escaping violence and an unsafe situation. She had a dream to start a pupuseria restaurant and to serve traditional Salvadoran food and support her family. She entered the Business Education and Loan Program at El Pájaro CDC and in October 2014 opened Pupuseria Marleny's. With the support and education she received, her business has been so successful that she has already opened a second restaurant. The restaurants have allowed Marleny to provide gainful employment to five new workers and help revitalize her community.
Regardless of where you live, or how your parish and diocese supports this annual collection, there are several things that you can do to be involved:
- Learn about those living in poverty. http://www.povertyusa.org is a good place to start.
- Act and spread the word about poverty.
- Learn more about the CCHD Collection by visiting http://www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
- Connect with the work of CCHD by supporting the collection.
- Pray for those who benefit from this collection.
- Contact Debbie Snapp, our local CCHD Diocesan Director in Southwest Kansas to learn more about applying for a CCHD grant to access funds for anti-poverty programs in your local community.
- Follow Catholic Charities on Facebook and Twitter as we provide updates on the CCHD campaign throughout the coming month.