Did you know that, within the St. Cloud Diocese, an average of 10% of our community members are living in poverty? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 38 million people in the U.S. are living below the poverty line (approximately $245 per week for an individual, and $500 per week for a family of four). An additional 100 million people across the country are living in “near poverty.”
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Church. This year marks the 50th anniversary of CCHD helping communities to create jobs and affordable housing, improve education, increase access to needed resources, and find ways to improve the lives of those experiencing poverty, ranging from the elderly to new mothers to immigrants and other most vulnerable members of our communities.
The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud is to serve and enhance human dignity of people of all faiths and beliefs. Through our collaboration with the CCHD and those who support it, we are able to help meet the needs of those living with poverty, and enhance their dignity by raising their voices and leadership within our communities. To make a donation, return the envelope found in your parish packet, or send your donation marked “CCHD” to your parish office or directly to the Chancery at: PO Box 1248, St. Cloud MN 56302.