The fight over fighting poverty: CCHD and the push for reform
Is the bishops’ work to empower the poor Catholic enough? An alliance of pro-life groups says it’s not.
It was the brainchild of a Chicago priest, Michael Dempsey, in the 1960s, and it has blossomed over the past 40 years into one of the most effective, sustained anti-poverty efforts ever attempted in the United States. In 2010 the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is funding some 250 groups in the United States, wrestling with issues such as education, jobs, health care, violence, economic development, and access to public services.