In addition to collaborating with various ministries operating with the Archdiocese of Denver, the Office of Pastoral Outreach works as a liaison to national service organizations of the Catholic Church such as the USCCB, CRS, and the Pontifical Mission Societies. Learn more about these organizations below!
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of bishops who jointly exercise pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Migration and Refugees
Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, the Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking. Also view the information at justiceforimmigrants.org. For local services, visit Catholic Charities Denver at ccdenver.org/immigration-services/.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to correct the core causes of poverty in the United States through the promotion and support of community-controlled organizations and through educational efforts. CCHD invests in the dignity of people living in poverty. Programs funded by CCHD support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent and positive change to their communities.
USCCB – Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
The Department of Justice Peace and Human Development (JPHD) of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) creates and distributes resources to increase awareness of Catholic social teaching and of opportunities to concretely live our Baptismal call to love God and neighbor.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to promote human development and serve Catholics in the United States.
Pontifical Mission Societies
Pontifical Mission Societies have special responsibility in the Universal Church. They are under the direct canonical jurisdiction of the Pope, who, together with the entire body of Bishops, remind the faithful of their Baptismal call to mission, as they gather basic support for some 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.
To speak to someone about direct emergency assistance services, homeless shelters, women services, immigration, mental health and addiction counseling, and family, senior and kinship care referral, please contact Catholic Charities directly. Visit the website ccdenver.org or call the main line at 303-742-0828 for more information.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the domestic direct service and human development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA assists the poor and vulnerable within the United States. Within the archdiocese, Catholic Charities helps to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has a two-fold mandate: (1) To help low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, their families, and communities. (2) To provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes. This dual strategy of helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves and education for economic justice reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.