The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out. January is Poverty Awareness Month!
In the Diocese of Saginaw, local CCHD funds are used in part to fund Youth Encounter Service (Y.E.S.), an experience that provides the opportunity for Catholic high school youth to learn about and fight poverty, and to reach out to the poor of Saginaw.
To learn more about poverty in the United States and what you can do to help, visit PovertyUSA, the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops; and initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.