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Collection in support of social justice
Huerto de la Familia photo
A woman harvests through Huerto de la Famila, a Lane County project that helps develop organic farming business. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps fund the effort.
Huerto de la Familia photo
A woman harvests through Huerto de la Famila, a Lane County project that helps develop organic farming business. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps fund the effort.

The national Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection will be taken in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Portland the weekend of Nov. 23 and 24, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the anti-poverty, social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It funds programs that primarily benefit the poor and low-income. Programs must respect human life, foster human dignity and empower the disadvantaged to take control of their own lives by having and maintaining a strong voice in the organization's leadership.

The social justice component of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development requires that programs challenge the structures that perpetuate the root causes of poverty in the U.S. through change to our culture, corporations, laws, stereotypes, or unjust social structure, or by creating an economic opportunity.

In 2013, CCHD provided national grants of $165,000 to local organizations, and the Archdiocese of Portland CCHD provide $30,500 in local grants. Catholics in western Oregon are encouraged to participate in the collection on the weekend of Nov. 23 – 24.

Organizations receiving national CCHD grants this year were:

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only grassroots, tenant-led, tenant-rights organization. CAT educates, organizes and develops low-income tenants into community leaders to challenge unjust housing policies and practices and obtain safe, stable and affordable housing.
 
This CCHD grant funds the Housing Justice Program’s efforts to mobilize and empower low-income tenants in buildings with serious repair problems to win immediate improvements; work for long-term funding for affordable housing; developing leaders to initiate campaigns for improved protections for tenants; and develop a comprehensive response to unsafe housing.
 
Hacienda Community Development Corporation is working with a group of low-income Latino entrepreneurs to develop metro Portland's first Latino Public Market (the Mercado), owned and operated by a cooperative of the market vendors themselves. The market is currently in a start-up phase.
 
Hacienda CDC's Micro-enterprise training program was founded with the support of two Catholic churches in Portland, St. Andrews and Holy Redeemer.
 
MACG Vision is a subsidiary of Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) and is charged with helping to diversify the membership base of MACG by identifying and recruiting potential member institutions that represent a majority of low income, minority, or otherwise underserved populations.
 
The CCHD grant funds a Latino organizer, who organizes Latino members of current and prospective member institutions. The grant also funds outreach efforts to current and prospective member institutions with low-income and/or minority populations, focusing especially on the diverse, low-income East Portland/East Multnomah County areas.
 
MACG Vision is the only established community organization with an identifiable faith-based – Catholic – element. Its organizing efforts are in the Latino communities of Catholic parishes.

Organizations receiving local CCHD grants this year were:
 
Huerto de la Familia's vision is to cultivate community integration and economic self-sufficiency by offering opportunities and training in organic gardening and farming, and the development of food and farm-based micro-enterprises.

Thirty-percent of Oregon Latinos live below the Federal Poverty Level. The Cambios Micro Development Program offers business training and business counseling to Spanish-speaking individuals who want to create or enhance food and farm businesses and transition from laborers to business owners. Specifically, the program supports individuals in developing business plans, financial literacy, and marketing skills.
 
Huerto de la Familia has previously been awarded local and national CCHD grants. It is the only CCHD-funded organization in the Eugene metropolitan area.
 
Madonna’s Center is a uniquely-designed response in Clackamas County serving teens (age 19 and under) who are “with child” and without family/financial support or not eligible for government-funded programs because of age/circumstances, and are assuming primary responsibility for parenting their children (age 3 and under) while also working towards self-sufficiency.
 
This CCHD grant funds the teen parents’ efforts to mobilize and to advocate for changes in public laws/policies regarding housing solutions for teen parents.     
 
Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality (SKCE) organized in the Latino migrant community to develop parental involvement to increase the graduation rate for, and educational outcomes of, low income and minority students in Salem-Keizer.
 
SKCE is located in Salem, with workshops in Corvallis and Southern Oregon.
 
This CCHD grant partially funds Reading Together We Advance (Leyendo Avanzamos), a parent-led, outcome-based family literacy project empowering low-income, Spanish-speaking parents of struggling or at risk pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, or second-grade students to become engaged in their children’s school.
 
Unete is a volunteer-led movement of farmworkers and immigrants in rural Southern Oregon educating their community and advocating for worker rights, humane immigration policy, and full participation in the decision-making processes affecting their lives.
 
The CCHD funds Unete’s organizing efforts – Voces Unidas – to improve educational outcomes for Latino students in the Medford School district. This program includes Parent Education, Peer Tutoring for Elementary through High school students, and parent leadership development, which gives parents the tools to advocate for their children in the public school setting.
 
Unete is the only Latino-led non-profit in the Rogue Valley and is the only CCHD-funded organization in southern Oregon.
 
Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project (Voz) is a worker-led organization that empowers day laborers to advocate for their own just working conditions through leadership development, community organizing, and policy reform. Voz operates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worker Center, where day laborers find work and build community skills.
 
Voz is recognized as a leader for immigrant rights, especially at the local level, but also at the state level, with an office at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

CCHD funds support Voz’s efforts in its “Save the Center Campaign,” mobilizing day laborers and community members to advocate the City of Portland government for a permanent solution for a Worker Center.





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