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Catholic Charities Solidarity Team coordinates two programs of the USCCB:  the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Catholic Relief Services.  Participating as much as possible in directives from both organizations, we also administer our own local programming for CCHD and CRS.

Catholic Charities Solidarity Team seeks guidance and expertise from Catholic Relief Services in our country programs in Guatemala and the Philippines.  We also consult regularly in the event of global emergencies.

Catholic Charities Solidarity Team is also the diocesan conduit for two U.S.-based programs of CRS: CRS Rice Bowl and CRS Fair Trade.   We also hope to develop our capacity for expanding Metuchen programming with CRS’ advocacy department, university programming and Food Fast retreats for youth.

CCHD: Poverty USA

Poverty USA is an educational and awareness project of the national office of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Each January is Poverty Awareness Month in the U.S. Catholic community.

The Catholic Charities Solidarity Team marks Poverty Awareness month by promoting the CCHD website, Poverty USA, and by conducting our own awareness activities.

CCHD National Grants

"Against the current position, which holds that the salvation of the poor (some of them) will come about only as an overflow or a redundancy of the health of the economic system, the mission of Jesus (and therefore the Christian mission) proclaims that the salvation of the non-poor will come about only through participation in the salvation of the poor. Nowadays that sounds ridiculous."    -- Pedro Trigo, SJ


CCHD Local Grants

Each year, the Diocese of Metuchen has local CCHD funding available for local grants, from the 25% portion of the national collection taken up in parishes in the fall.  We encourage groups that desire to break the cycle of poverty to apply for grants in the range of $3,000 to $15,000.

Our funds are meant primarily as start-up funds for nascent groups who do not have access for other funding.  Please read the criteria for local funding carefully.

CCHD In Metuchen

"Not only is justice not extraneous to charity, not only is it not an alternative or parallel path to charity: justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it.

Justice is the primary way of charity or, in Paul VI's words, "the minimum measure" of it, an integral part of the love "in deed and in truth" (1 Jn 3:18), to which Saint John exhorts us.

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