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CCHD collection helps people to help themselves

Poverty is alive and well in California and across the United States according to a recent report by the Census Bureau. The report found that 2.7 million more Californians are living in poverty than estimated by the traditional formula. Meanwhile nationwide, the number of poor Americans has jumped to almost 50 million.

 
Catholic Campaign
for Human Development

Second Collection Nov. 23-24
 
Behind these statistics are real people whose real lives matter to God and the Church. Based on Christ's call to "bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and set the downtrodden free" (Luke 4:18), the U.S. Catholic Community has worked to end poverty through providing charity to those in need with organizations like St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities. It also created institutions like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) in 1970 to address the root causes of poverty through empowering the poor to join together to change structures that are keeping them down and enable them to start their own businesses or create new jobs to lift themselves out of poverty.

"I support CCHD because it funds organizations that help to empower low-income people to help themselves, to improve their lives," said Sister Elizabeth Lang, OP, of Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

Candy Giron is a young parishioner at St. Leander Church and lifetime resident of San Leandro. She saw a need for more affordable housing in her community. A year ago, she became involved with a group of parishioners which had been formed by Congregations Organizing for Renewal, a CCHD-funded group that does community organizing in south Alameda County.

Last June, Giron participated in an action organized by COR that brought together 300 others from San Leandro with a few city officials and the developer of the first-ever proposed affordable housing complex in the city. By the end of the meeting, the officials committed to freeing up funds and, for the first time, setting a timeline for the project to be completed with at least 200 low-income units.

Giron said working with the others in her parish and leaders of COR "has helped me grow as a person. I have learned that I actually have a voice in the community, and that by bringing people together we have the power to make change."

If you would like to support the growth of people like Giron and the work of organizations like COR, which are transforming our communities here in the East Bay, please contribute to the CCHD Annual Collection. The primary source of funds CCHD uses to provide grants for organizations like COR comes from this collection taken up in parishes around our diocese and across the country on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Please be generous. For more information about the campaign, please contact the CCHD diocesan coordinator at 510-768-3116 or at mmckimmey@cceb.org.

(Marc McKimmey is CCHD diocesan coordinator.)

 
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