Comparative Views on the Role and Effect of Faith in Social Services

Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy (Rockefeller Institute of Government)

This set of case studies compares faith-based and secular providers of drug treatment programs in the Puget Sound area, homeless housing programs in Michigan and parenting programs in Mississippi.

It finds more similarities among service providers than faith-based critics are likely to admit, but also finds some distinctive characteristics. For example, faith-based organizations tend to serve more troubled clients, to serve clients for longer periods of time, and to view their service as part of a process involving the transformation of clients “from the inside out.” Free. 222 pages. (518) 443-5014,


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