Advocate

The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses the social conditions for clients, needs of the eight Catholic Charities organizations, and all people in our community. The Advocacy Department helps develop the Federation’s public policy priorities, advocate at the state and federal level for the poor and vulnerable, and teach Catholics how to put their faith into action.

The role of the Advocacy Department is to:

  • Integrate public policy priorities with agency needs and client experiences;
  • Engage and educate people on the public policy priorities of Catholic Charities; and
  • Mobilize Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff, as well as the Catholic community to advocate on a local, state, and federal level and to build relationships with decision makers.

Learn more about our 2019 Advocacy Priorities. 

ADVOCACY NEWS

Catholic Charities Goes to Jefferson City

(Missouri Catholic Charities Advocacy Day, March 5)

CCSTL Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bill 4
(re: SNAP Work-Tracking Requirements)

Peace and Justice Commission Endorsement of Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

Missouri Catholic Conference Statement Regarding Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

CCSTL President Theresa Ruzicka’s response to After Missouri Cuts Funding for the Disabled, Some Fear They May be Forced into Nursing Homes (St. Louis-Post Dispatch, August 16, 2018)

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, working to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves.

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we participate in this program by partnering with and funding community and economic development projects and providing the Catholic community opportunities to stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers, especially the poor and marginalized.

CCHD is made possible by the support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection. Grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in partnership with local dioceses and require the approval of the diocesan bishop. All organizations funded by CCHD–while not exclusively Catholic–uphold all principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Keep updated on local CCHD activity on Facebook.

CCHD is currently seeking committee members to represent every deanery in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The committee is meant to support, promote, and grow CCHD’s work in the community. Committee members should be committed to justice, giving a voice to the poor, and the Catholic Social teaching of the church.  Click here to learn more. 

CCHD Grants Available

The CCHD grant program is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection, and is committed to supporting organizations working to break the cycle of poverty and improve local communities.

The CCHD grant program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis may award a maximum of $10,000 to organizations, both Catholic and non-Catholic, located within the Archdiocese.

The CCHD funds two types of grant projects:

Community development projects nurture solidarity between the poor and non-poor, facilitating the participation of people living in poverty in the institutional decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives. In these projects, low-income people gain the ability to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and create institutional change by taking action to change problematic structures and systems in their communities. These projects should directly benefit a relatively large number of people rather than a few individuals.

Economic development projects significantly include the voice of poor and marginalized people in developing new businesses that create social benefits, offer good jobs, and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities. Ideally, these CCHD-funded projects will include collaboration with other organizations and will encourage project beneficiaries to work to effect institutional change in additional areas.

To apply and to see additional criteria, please see the Application Packet for 2019-2020 Local Grant Program, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To contact the Advocacy Department:

Tamara Kenny, JD, MSW
Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement

314.367.5500 x 5948 or tkenny@ccstl.org