Barbara, a single mom, arrived at the door of the Learning and Loving Center, Morgan Hill, speaking little English and unemployed. Thanks to your generous donation to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Barbara received language skills, vocational skills and leadership training.
Empowered, she is supporting herself and her son by working full time teaching computer classes to other low income adults to enable them to move out of poverty.
CCHD is the Gospel at work and Catholic social teaching in action. Giving options for the poor, defending the human dignity of all people, training leaders among low-income workers and seeking housing and just-wage employment opportunities in our communities, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant to Working Partners U.S.A. has assisted countless individuals both locally and nationally. They have been able to provide intensive training in leadership for contract workers in Santa Clara County.
With the money provided by last year’s collection for CCHD, young people have been trained for community leadership, and immigrants have learned their rights through programs at SIREN (Services for Immigrant Rights and Education Network).
The Mountain View Day Workers Center used your donations to provide leadership training for members to canvas in neighborhoods to get out the vote in support of community housing stabilization, resulting in institutional change, one of CCHD’s goals. The Learning and Loving Center has taught literacy, offered job counseling and computer training to more than 160 women while providing childcare for moms during their extensive coursework.
These are examples from our local level. Nationally grants have also lent a hand to organizations in their quest for economic development and justice for low-income people and communities. This once a year collection occurs on Sunday, November 19, in the Diocese. Your continued generosity will make a difference in the lives of many members of the Body of Christ.