CCHD aims to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, “… to bring good news to the poor … release to captives … sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)
Catholic Teaching & Tradition
Building a Strong Catholic Foundation
CCHD provides the Catholic faithful with concrete opportunities to live out the love of God and neighbor in ways that express our baptismal call and continuing Eucharistic transformation. CCHD is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection.
Join us in breaking the cycle of poverty and helping people help themselves out of Poverty USA. With your help, we can empower local community organizations that support self-sufficiency, improve communities, and promote the thriving of all people.
CCHD holds the belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.
Charitable Works and Social Justice
There are two different, but complementary, ways that we can walk the path of love, or caritas. We call these the “Two Feet of Love in Action,” based on Pope Benedict XVI’s reflections in Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).
Reflection on the Eucharist
The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity; calls us to the right relationship with God, ourselves, and others; invites us to community and solidarity; and sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world.
Catholic Teachings and Tradition Around Poverty
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.
Learn more about CCHD and Catholic Social Teaching. For more information about fighting global poverty, visit Lead the Way, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) with support from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.