Stories of Hope

Every day, thousands of people—working with their neighbors and community—are finding ways out of Poverty USA by strengthening families, creating jobs, and improving neighborhoods. Over four decades, CCHD has supported nearly 8,000 community-based projects led by low-income people through our grant program. Here are some of their stories.

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Metropolitan Congregations United

Metropolitan Congregations United projects to create a better life for all residents by helping them become aware of issues that affect them, identify solutions,...

Parent Voices Oakland

Parent Voices Oakland engages in parent-led and run community organizing and advocacy to expand affordable childcare for low-income families.

Living Hope Wheelchair Association

Living Hope Wheelchair Association works for the rights of immigrants with disabilities.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

FFLIC aims to keep families at the center of their children’s treatment as they navigate the juvenile justice and education systems.

Illinois People’s Action

Illinois People’s Action organizes to promote a frack-free and clean energy run Illinois.

The Catholic Multicultural Center

The Catholic Multicultural Center cares for God’s creation through energy efficiency, educational programs, and Culinary Creations Catering.

United Workers Association

United Workers in Baltimore, Maryland is campaigning to stop the installation of the nation’s largest trash burning incinerator and to demand fair development and...

Urban Tree Connection’s Neighborhood Foods

Urban Tree Connection's Neighborhood Foods was formed to address a low-income community’s demand to re-purpose abandoned lots as food gardens.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido

Somos organizes immigrants and low-wage workers in New Mexico to promote equality, economic and educational opportunities, civil rights, and worker justice.

Tenants to Homeowners

When energy costs began to rise in Lawrence, Kansas, Tenants to Homeowners recognized that investing in energy efficient homes was crucial for long-term affordability.

Project Hope Spokane

In a community once at risk of being left behind, Project Hope Spokane is building green pathways out of poverty through programs that provide...

Opportunity Threads

Opportunity Threads is paving the way with environmentally friendly production methods in Southern Appalachia’s traditional textile region. The worker-owned co-op focuses on fair labor,...

Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH)

Agriculture is prominent in Cortland County New York, and the work of MICAH has protected their community’s public health, farmland, livestock, and water and...

Dakota Rural Action

Water is a precious resource, especially in Western South Dakota, where it is less accessible. Dakota Rural Action is organizing their members to protect...

Tohono O’odham Community Action

TOCA has developed a program that trains apprentice farmers and introduces young people to growing and marketing traditional foods.

Illinois People’s Action

llinois People’s Action is working to pass state and local legislation to cap interest rates on payday loans.

Latino Union of Chicago

Latino Union works for the rights of temporary laborers excluded from unions and protective legislation, including minimum wages & benefits.

Taxi Workers’ Alliance of Pennsylvania

Taxi Workers' Alliances help organize drivers to increase their income and improve conditions.

Omaha Together One Community

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is a multi-ethnic, ecumenical organization committed to promoting a safe, healthy environment for children and their families.

OTOC is dedicated...

A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy

Individuals from different backgrounds come together to discuss the pressures they face and form an alternative vision for their community.

New Mexico Acequia Association

Protecting the spirit of equity in over 1,000 autonomous acequias by pushing for state recognition of historically oral regulations.

Holy Rosary Credit Union

A progressive credit union offering an array of low-cost financial services to address the needs of its low-income, immigrant membership.

People Engaged in Active Community Efforts (PEACE)

A congregation-based community organization working against wage theft, youth crime and unemployment in the Palm Beach area.

BOLD Justice

An interfaith organization working to better the community of Broward County, FL, from better housing to youth reading programs.