Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When Pope Francis announced that the First World Day of the Poor would take place on November 19, 2017, he stated that, “Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor,” reminding us once again that we should always care for our brothers and sisters affected by poverty.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development answers Christ’s call to action by addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice in low-income communities through financial support of grassroots initiatives and transformative educational efforts. One such organization is the South Side Community Federal Credit Union. With the support of a CCHD grant, the SSCFCU has saved over 875 families from foreclosure through housing and credit counseling and has reinvested over $1 million in assets in the local economy through interest rate loans in neighborhoods that are otherwise vulnerable to high rates of poverty, unemployment, and financial instability.
By emphasizing self-help, participation, and cooperation, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s holistic approach leads to increased human dignity and stronger, more economically viable communities. To learn more about CCHD’s impact in our communities or to donate online, please visit:
Your generous support of the CCHD Annual Collection, which will take place on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, is the primary source of funding for over twenty organizations working to combat poverty and injustice in Cook and Lake Counties. It is my prayer that, as we prepare for the annual celebration of Thanksgiving Day, you consider contributing to CCHD through this secondary collection and keep its efforts in your thoughts and prayers. With every wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Archbishop of Chicago