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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO FOR 39 YEARS

Chicago, IL (November 11, 2009) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to help strengthen families and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. This important work is made possible by donations from Catholic parishioners who are being asked to be as generous as possible this Thanksgiving season with their financial gifts to the annual CCHD collection the weekend of November 21 and 22. In 2008, ninety-five percent of Archdiocesan parishes participated in the CCHD collection.

In a letter to Archdiocesan parishioners, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, said, “The CCHD is committed to addressing the root causes of poverty, abiding strictly to the Catholic Church’s social teaching, including the respect for life and the dignity of all human beings.” The Cardinal also informed parishioners that one hundred percent of the CCHD budget comes from individual donations.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been working to address the root causes of poverty for over 39 years. Donations last year to the CCHD provided a record $530,000 in grants that funded twenty-one organizations working in Cook and Lake counties on projects that work for the poor, reclaiming their own dignity and helping them organize themselves to move out of poverty.

The CCHD recently awarded funds to the following twenty-one groups and organizations:

  • BRIGHTON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL – Housing and Education
    $20,000 for foreclosure prevention and Education Justice Campaign

  • CENTRO DE TRABAJADORES UNIDOS – Immigrant Worker Rights
    $20,000 for an immigrant worker’s project

  • CHICAGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS – Housing
    $15,000 for a speaker’s bureau project

  • COALITION OF AFRICAN, ARAB, ASIAN, EURPOEAN, AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS OF ILLINOISImmigrant Rights
    $15,000 for the Northwest Cook Leaders project

  • CHICAGO WORKER’S COLLABORATIVE – Workers Rights
    $30,000 for Workers United for Eco Maintenance, an economic development project

  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR FAMILY ISSUES – Education
    $40,000 for education issues

  • COMMUNITY RENEWAL SOCIETY – Seniors
    $25,000 for a senior ministries network project

  • INNER-CITY MUSLIM ACTION NETWORK – Violence Prevention
    $20,000 for Project Restore

  • KENWOOD OAKLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION – Housing
    $15,000 for Affordable Housing Preservation project

  • LAKE COUNTY UNITED – Education $40,000 for immigration issues

  • LAKEVIEW ACTION COALITION – Housing
    $15,000 for an affordable housing task force

  • LATINO UNION OF CHICAGO – Immigrant and Worker Rights
    $30,000 for workers’ issues

  • LITTLE VILLAGE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE – Environment
    $40,000 for environment issues

  • MOTHERS OPPOSED TO VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE – Violence Prevention
    $20,000 for Volunteer Youth Engagement and Empowerment Centers

  • NORTHWEST NEIGHBORHOOD FEDERATION – Violence Prevention
    $30,000 for violence prevention issues

  • PROYECTO DE ACCION DE LOS SUBURBIOS DEL OESTE - WEST SUBURBAN ACTION PROJECT – Immigrant Rights
    $15,000 for Building a Suburban Base for Social Justice project

  • PROGRESS CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING – Disability Rights
    $30,000 for disability issues

  • RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER OF CHICAGO – Worker Rights
    $15,000 for Restaurant Worker Policy Project

  • SOUTH SUBURBAN ACTION CONFERENCE – Immigrant Rights
    $15,000 for the Latino and Immigrant Recruitment Project

  • SOUTHWEST ORGANIZING PROJECT – Violence Prevention
    $45,000 for violence prevention issues

  • TARGET AREA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – Fine Arts
    $35,000 for AFC-Multi-Cultural Theater Company, an economic development project

More information about each of the above locally and nationally funded groups can be found in the 2009 Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s Annual Report on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s web site, www.archchicago.org.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s CCHD is committed to addressing the root causes of poverty, abiding strictly to the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, including the respect for life and the dignity of all human beings. Catholics in the Archdiocese are again being asked to give generously to the CCHD collection in their parish. Individuals who do not have a parish affiliation but wish to contribute to the CCHD, or for additional information, can contact Rey Flores, Director, CCHD, Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60653-1402, 312-534-3690, rflores@archchicago.org.

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