“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”—Matthew 25:40
Stories of Hope
What 50 Years of Chicago Immigrant Accompaniment Looks Like
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has fought for systemic change to address poverty’s root causes throughout the United States for 50 years. While our work is always ongoing, we wanted to highlight the impact of some of the organizations we’ve funded over the last five decades.
Creating Affordable Housing in Florida
In southeast Florida, a large portion of Broward County households spend half of their monthly income on rent or mortgage. Many of these families are only one paycheck away from homelessness.
Removing the Barriers After Being Behind Bars
Two-thirds of all people currently incarcerated in the United States are there for non-violent offenses. Once people serve their sentences and satisfy all the conditions of their release, they still encounter significant obstacles, like finding a job and safe housing.
Promoting Fair Treatment and a Fair Day’s Work
For many immigrants in Port Chester, New York, day labor work is the only work they can get. Due to a formidable language barrier between the employers and their prospective employees, communication difficulties often occur.
Ensuring Paradise Has a Home for Its Residents
On an island filled with breathtaking natural wonders, vacation homes, and seasonal rentals, affordable housing and jobs are severely lacking. And the 7,000 residents of San Juan were feeling the effect—until the San Juan Community Home Trust stepped in.
Growing Food and Opportunities
When the Haddington community started to be overwhelmed with run-down houses, empty lots, drug dealers, and unsavory characters, residents came together to make their community safe, healthy, and viable.
Fighting for Healthier Communities
Often poor and vulnerable communities are overlooked and even taken advantage of—and, unfortunately, for parts of Baltimore City this holds true. But if the United Workers has anything to say about it, this won’t be the case for much longer.
Keeping Youth Out of Prison
More than 2,000 children in Louisiana endured nightmarish conditions when they were imprisoned for mostly non-violent offenses, including acting out in class and petty theft.
Caring for God’s Creation in Wisconsin
As the city of Madison grows, so does the pollution and its community’s needs. Fortunately, environmental stewardship is a core value of the Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC).
Giving Residents a Voice on Clean Energy
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting sand, water, and chemicals at a high pressure and volume deep underground into shale rock has long been a controversial topic due to the possible risks associated with it.
Immigrants Fighting for the Rights of People with Disabilities
Spinal cord injuries are devastating, life-changing events for both the people who incur them and for their families. Such injuries are also extraordinarily expensive, taking a disproportionate toll on low-income immigrants.
Turning Faith into Positive Change
For the Sandtown neighborhood, the parish of St. Peter Claver is a refuge from the violence and issues residents face. And thanks to the No Boundaries Coalition (NBC) it’s also a place to help bring faith into conversation with the realities around them.