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    Please give generously to our 2017 Annual Appeal today. Read More
  • Couples Waiting to Adopt

    Our waiting couples have been through an extensive review and education process before they are approved for infant adoption. In their profiles, they share a little bit about themselves and what is important to them. Read More
  • Struggling to Start a Family?

    Have You Thought About Adoption? Read More
  • Pregnant?

    We offer FREE pregnancy support regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. Emotional support helps you work through emotions and feelings; information helps you know all of your options; and we help you develop skills to make the best decisions for you and your baby. Read More
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  • Demasiado Joven

    Demasiado Joven is a 5 minute, informative, candid, emotionally hopeful, and uplifting video that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community, as told by Latino teen parents. Read More
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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the Catholic Church that was started in 1969 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CCHD has two objectives: empowering the poor, and educating others about the root causes of poverty.

Empowering the Poor

The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities, as illustrated in the video below. In order to fund community programs that encourage independence and break the cycle of poverty, CCHD holds a national collection on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. At any time during the year, however, donations can be sent to: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of National Collections - CCHD, 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washinton DC 20017.

 

Educating Others About the Root Causes of Poverty

CCHD has a complementary mission of educating and promoting understanding about poverty and its root causes through an initiative called PovertyUSA, and Poverty Awareness Month which we celebrate in January each year.

This strategy of education for justice and helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching. 

Accessing Funds

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has three grant programs by which individuals and organizations can access funds for anti-poverty programs. 

Community Development Grant Program

CCHD Community development grant amounts range between $25,000 and $75,000.  Community Development grants support efforts that demonstrate a commitment to the dignity of the human person.  CCHD-funded groups are led by people living in poverty and work to address the root causes of poverty by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor and facilitating the participation of people living in poverty in decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives.  As part of such efforts, low-income people gain the ability to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and take action to change problematic structures and systems in their communities.

Economic Development Grant Program

CCHD Economic Development grant amounts range between $25,000 and $75,000.  CCHD supports economic development initiatives that significantly include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities.

Strategic National Grant Program

These grants are intended for organizations working to promote justice or economic development on a significantly larger scale than the community-based organizations that typically receive support from CCHD. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to pursuing goals on a statewide, regional or national basis. In keeping with their strategic nature, these grants are intended for campaign-style initiatives of significant scale, with focused time-specific goals of regional or national importance. These grants are not meant to supply ordinary financial support.

Additional criteria, guidelines, application forms, and application tutorials are available here.

Organizations interested in applying for these grants are required to submit a pre-application between September 1 and November 1. For additional information, click here to contact Deborah Snapp, the local CCHD Diocesan Director in southwest Kansas.

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  • Join Us for a Focused Conversation about Homelessness

      A new report released by the US Department of Housing and URban Development (HUD) shows that total homelessness increased this year for the first time since 2010. As an advocate and service-provider for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in southwest Kansas, Catholic Charities encourages our fellow citizens to join us for this focused conversation about homelessness in our communities on Tuesday, February 20th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Dodge City Public Library, 1001 North Second Ave, Dodge City KS. Make your voice heard as we strive to increase our commitment to solutions that work.   Read More
  • Thank You!

    We have received many generous donations over the past few months, and we'd like to recognize some of them here. It is generosity like this that makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission of making sure that everyone who walks through our door has an opportunity to experience hope and fulfillment. First, our non-food pantry in Garden City received a donation from the Kansas State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and a sizeable donation of cleaning supplies from the Garden City High School Cross Country Club. Many thanks to these two groups for their generosity and hard work! Read More
  • 2017 Christmas Festivities at Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas

    We've enjoyed a few Christmas festivities at our different office locations over the past month! On December 7th, we took time to acknowledge and celebrate our volunteers in the Great Bend office. This industrious group of ladies--almost a dozen strong and growing--help with our Non-Food Pantry, occasional mailings, the Annual Wine Tasting Event, client applications, data entry, cleaning, occasional rides and delivery, moral support and so much more. We really appreciate them, and we'd be in a pickle without them! On December 12th, our staff took time from the usual hustle and bustle to celebrate Christmas, enjoy our friendships and Read More
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  • Catholic Charities Receives Long-Term Disaster Recovery Grant

    Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas recently received a ,000 grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist those impacted by recent flooding in Southwest Kansas. On August 10, 2017, two storms moved through Seward County, dropping more than six inches of rain in 24 hours. About seventy homes received significant damage. “Many of those who were affected are home owners, but they did not have flood insurance and they do not have the resources to repair their home, and make it safe and livable once again,” said Amy Falcon, Disaster Relief Case Manager. “We applied for assistance when we learned that Read More
  • Update on Disaster Recovery in Kansas

    Throughout the country, Catholic Charities agencies anticipate and respond to the elevated risks and challenges of vulnerable populations impacted by disasters. We are supported by Catholic Charities USA which provides training in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Our common goal is to help people through both the immediate and the long-term process of recovery and restoration. Over the last 10 years, the Catholic Charities ministry has helped more than 6.5 million people affected by all kinds of disasters: floods, hurricanes, mudslides, tornadoes, ice storms, droughts, wildfires, explosions, violence, and environmental damage. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of its Read More
  • Update: Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief

    Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) continues to monitor the impact of Hurricane Irma and is working with Catholic Charities agencies in the affected communities to assess their needs. Please remember in your thoughts and prayers the workers in Catholic Charities in Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who are working to respond to the needs in their communities. Last weekend, the CCUSA's Mobile Response Center was in Victoria, Texas distributing supplies to over 300 families. CCUSA, the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, will continue working with the local Catholic Charities agencies to assist families and individuals impacted Read More
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  • January is Poverty Awareness Month

    "In our own day, whole peoples suffer hunger and thirst, and we are haunted by pictures of children with nothing to eat. Throngs of people continue to migrate from one country to another in search of food, work, shelter and peace. Disease in its various forms is a constant cause of suffering that cries out for assistance, comfort and support. Prisons are often places where confinement is accompanied by serious hardships due to inhumane living conditions. Illiteracy remains widespread, preventing children from developing their potential and exposing them to new forms of slavery. The culture of extreme individualism, especially in Read More
  • Catholic Social Teaching 101: Climate Change

    Already, climate change is harming vulnerable people throughout the U.S. and around the world. American citizens in Louisiana and Alaska are being displaced by rising sea levels caused by melting glaciers and thermal expansion. Families in Zimbabwe are being devastated by crushing drought amidst some of the hottest years on record. Globally, the World Health Organization warns that “between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.” Both at home and abroad, climate change unjustly and disproportionately harms poor and marginalized people who contribute least to Read More
  • What is the Consulate of Mexico?

    Recently, we've shared a few announcements about the Consulate of Mexico being available in a few of our local Southwest Kansas communities to meet with interested individuals and families. So what IS the Consulate of Mexico, and what do they do? Who should be interested in these announcements, and why? Jessica Soto-Botello, our Safe Release Support Program Specialist who works in our Garden City office had this to say:  Read More
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  • Lydia's Story

    I wonder what she is doing right now. Is her sweet mama holding her, kissing her cheeks and telling her how much she is loved? Is her daddy blowing raspberries on her tummy and grinning at the sweet sound that comes from her perfect mouth. Is her big brother, laying on the floor beside her swing, telling her a story? Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what she’s doing. I know that she is loved, and that’s all that matters. My name is Lydia and I placed my perfect little girl for adoption 2 days after she was born. The raw Read More
  • Tobacco Cessation Program for Pregnant Women

    Catholic Charities is teaming up with the American Lung Association to offer proven-effective tobacco cessation classes to help pregnant women who smoke, quit for good. The agency is offering the 6-week class in Great Bend on Wednesday mornings at 10 am from Oct 5 to Nov 9th; in Garden City on Thursday mornings at 10 am from Oct 13 to Nov 17th; and in Dodge City on Mondays at 10 am from October 5th to Nov 14th, excluding Halloween. For more information about these classes, or to sign up, call 620-227-1562. “For both a healthy mom and a healthy child, Read More
  • @text4baby Keeps You and Your Baby Healthy!

    Once again, Catholic Charities is partnering with Text4baby, the largest mobile health initiative in the nation, to provide critical information to pregnant women and mothers with infants under age one, along with their partners and loved ones. Text4baby uses the power of cell phone technology to help new mothers and expectant women keep themselves and their babies healthy. Around 89 percent of young women carry their smart phones at all times, so Text4baby delivers the information moms and expecting women need most through free text messages and an app. “Catholic Charities is excited about participating in the 2016 Text4baby State Read More
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  • A Christmas Wish: To offer heart and home to an adoptive child

    By DAVE MYERS Southwest Kansas Catholic Step into the Garden City home of Joe and Laci Salazar and it’s easy to envision a child romping around their living room, excited little pooches Daizey and Moto delighting the toddler into squeals of giggles, two loving parents ready and eager to scoop up the child into their arms. Joe and Laci represent the quintessential American story: A son and a granddaughter of immigrants, both natives of Garden City, Kansas, meeting only after they had attended school together, falling in love, getting married, finding success in their professions—all amid an endearing faith in Read More
  • Struggling to Start a Family? Come Find Out More About Infant Adoption

    Does your heart ache to start a family? If so, you are not alone, and there are birthmothers who are looking for couples like you who can give their infant child a better life than they can provide. The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The next orientation will be on Friday, January 12th from 1-3 pm at Newman University in Dodge City; if you know couples who are struggling with infertility and who are interested in learning more Read More
  • November is Adoption Awareness Month

    By Lori Titsworth, Adoption Social Worker for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas --- Most people have little reason to think about the subject of adoption. However, for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, or couples who are unable to conceive or maintain pregnancy, or an adoptee longing to find his or her birth parent, the topic is always in the back of their mind. I had always dreamed of being a mother, but after several years of trying to conceive and each and every time being heart-broken, my husband and I came to the realization we were going to have to try Read More
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  • Senior Food Box Program to Begin in Barton County

    The Kansas Food Bank along with local partners Food Bank of Barton County, Barton County Health Department, RSVP, Hoisington Food Bank, St. Rose Health Center, United Way, Eldercare Inc, and Central Kansas Partnership are introducing a USDA program to help provide monthly food boxes to low income seniors. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program will be available in Barton County to persons age 60 and above who qualify by meeting income requirements. Distribution will start in February. Interested seniors must fill out an application and provide the following: proof of ID, proof of income (Social Security Statement) and proof of address. Read More
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Do you, or someone you know, struggle to make ends meet? Are you having a hard time paying your utility bills so that you can heat your home in the winter, and cool your home in the summer? If so, you may qualify for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as LIEAP. In Kansas, the LIEAP application process opens on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Keep reading to learn more about LIEAP and the application process. If you have questions, or you need help with your LIEAP application, please call and we'll be happy to help: In Dodge City Read More
  • Get a Handle on Debt Boot Camp

    Do you want to know how to create a budget? Have you ever tried tracking your spending? Are you interested in strategies for paying down your debt? If any of these apply to you, or if you're interested in finding new ways to meet your financial goals, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Get a Handle on Debt Boot Camp is for you. Starting in November, CFPB is offering a free email course to help those who want to get their finances in shape. The 21-day course is designed to help you set financial goals, handle money emergencies, cut down Read More
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2201 16th St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
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Dodge City, KS 67801
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