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Catholic Campaign for Human Development  CCHD is a grants program sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Bishops.  It is intended to assist self-help programs that are designed and run by the poor and address the root causes of poverty and injustice in the United States.  Programs include the Poverty USA Campagin.

Catholic Relief Services  CRS is the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, assisting impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas.  Working through local offices and an extended network of partners, CRS operates in more than 100 countries on five continents.  Programs include Disaster Relief, Operation Rice Bowl, Food Fast, and Work of Human Hands.

Parish Social Concerns Ministry  This program promotes the integration of social concerns ministry efforts in the life of the parish community.  The Office for Social Concerns serves to develop and support parish social concerns committees by providing the necessary tools to bring about social change in light of Catholic social teaching.

Respect Life Program  The Church proclaims that human life is a precious gift from God.  This program serves to implement the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities which urges the engagement of the pastoral resources of the Church to protect and nurture human life at every stage. 

Rural Life Program  The U.S. Catholic Bishops support food and agriculture policy that promotes food security for today and future generations.  The bishops urge policies that support sustainable agriculture, respect for farm families and farm workers, and careful stewardship of the environment and its natural resources.  The program advocates for rural Catholic communities as well as rural immigrant workers.

Additional Programs

Addressing Family Violence  The office coordinates the diocesan family violence prevention program, Calming the Storm.  The primary goal of the program is to render family violence unacceptable for Catholics in the Diocese of Columbus by means of educaiton, influence, and behavior change.

Diocesan Peace & Justice Efforts  The office promotes such efforts as diversity awareness - anti-racism workshops, public forums, urban and rural plunges, and the annual Good Friday Downtown Walking Stations of the Cross.

Disaster Response Liaison  The Office for Social Concerns has developed a network to be Christ's presence when natural or human-made disasters occur within the 23 counties of the diocese and to help provide what disaster agencies call unmet needs.  The office also coordinates response efforts for disasters outside of the diocese at the state, national, and international levels.

Environmental Justice  The office promotes the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Environmental Justice Program which has a variety of resources for use in parishes and schools aimed for better stewardship of God's creation.

Information and Response Network  The Office for Social Concerns monitors developing public policy issues at the local, state, national, and international levels and coordinates responses to be sent to key policymakers.  The office will send action alerts when a priority issue develops.  If you would like to be informed by email, please contact the Office for Social Concerns.

Persons with Disabilities  The office works with parish advocates for persons with disabilities.  It addresses issues and advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church and in society.  This program also sponsors the Parent/Family Network Program Series for family members of children with special needs.

Prison Ministry & Criminal Justice  The office coordinates efforts on criminal justice issues.  It also convenes prison ministers for gatherings and promotes activities around the Church's call to end the use of the death penalty.

Senior Citizen Programs  The office works to celebrate the contributions of Senior Citizens in the life of the Church.  It serves as a resource and advocate for senior citizen issues and provides support for parish senior citizen clubs.  Diocesan Senior Citizens Day Celebration is Monday, June 6, 2016 at St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Granville. For a flyer, click here.

Speaking Opportunities  Office staff serve as presenters to parish RCIA, Renew, missions, schools, youth and adult faith formation, and other ministry formation programs.

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