Catholic Campaign for Human Development

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

The Mission of CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic, national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops working 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.

Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in the U.S. through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through education on Catholic Social Teaching. At the heart of its vision is priority for the poor and vulnerable.

If you know of an organization that could benefit from a CCHD Community Development or Economic Development Grant, please contact Bobby Ehnow at


Maria de Lourdes Valencia
Associate Director, Culture of Life
Phone: (858) 490-8323
mvalenciaEmail at
Christina Slentz, PhD
Associate Director, Creation Care
Phone: (858) 490-8327
cslentzEmail at
Mark Smith
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8324
msmithEmail at
Rev. Emmet Farrell
Spiritual Advisor, Creation Care
efarrellEmail at