The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a national social justice program of the United States Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community controlled, self-help organizations, and through transformative education of the non-poor.
Each year in November, the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky participates in the national Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection. From that collection, a percentage of monies are retained to provide grant funding to local organizations which meet CCHD criteria. Catholic Charities administers and allocates the grant funding.
Grant allocations have been made for 2019. Please see below the recipients of this year’s CCHD grants.
On June 24, 2019 an Ad Hoc Committee of eight people made up of representatives from Catholic Charities of Owensboro, the Diocesan Social Justice Committees, and members of the Diocesan staff met to consider 11 grant applications for $7,000 in local Catholic Campaign for Human Development dollars. Only seven were recommended to receive funds.
Awarded $500. This environmental group’s efforts are aimed at protecting the general population from the adverse effects on the air, land and water of large scale animal feeding operations by monitoring these resources regularly and reporting any adverse effects to the proper authorities. This grant will assist with the cost of monitoring supplies.
Fresh Start for Women, Inc.
Awarded $2,000. The program has the goal of filling a major gap in the area of safe and affordable housing for single women and their children. They provide transitional housing for single women who have completed an addiction recovery program and are vulnerable to homelessness due to felony charges which prevent them from being considered for placement in a rent subsidized facility. This grant will assist with replacement of worn out bathroom facilities for the residents.
Help Office of Hancock County Food Pantry
Awarded $500. This food pantry provides free food and clothing to approximately 150 low-income families on a monthly basis and personal hygiene items when available. This grant will assist with the capacity of their physical plant to provide services.
Daniel Pitino Shelter
Awarded $1,000. This program provides housing and meals to area homeless, immigrants and others in need. This grant will assist with the purchase of food, equipment to prepare the food and necessary supplies to serve those in need.
Soup for the Soul in Murray Ky
Awarded $1,000. This program serves the hungry of Murray and Calloway County. The grant will assist with the purchase of food, supplies and assist the summer feeding and literacy program.
St. Edward Parish in Fulton Ky
Awarded $1,200. The Parish is planning an area “block party” to help provide Fulton County families they need to feed and clothe their children and prepare them for the new school year. This grant will assist with this effort.
St. Joseph and Paul Parish
Awarded $800. The Parish Prison Ministry seeks to provide bibles to persons that are incarcerated. Their greatest need is Spanish translation Bibles to the incarcerated. This grant will assist with the purchase of these scriptures.