Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Blog
- Posted byon July 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM EDT
This past weekend was the annual Islamic Society of North America conference, the largest Islamic convention in North America which gathers 40,000 Muslims all over the U.S. and Canada. During a government roundtable session with senior leadership from the community, one community member remarked, “It is great to see the diverse representation from various federal agencies here; it shows a maturing of the relationship between our community and the government.” I was joined at this session with colleagues from the Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, both of whom who had a chance to speak to the community about their respective programs.
Over the weekend, we held a special session on how to partner with USAID where I had the opportunity to speak about the role of the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as some of the ways that smaller NGOs and faith-based organizations can work together with USAID to achieve positive development outcomes around the world. Check out a useful guide with detailed information on how to partner can be found.
- Posted byon July 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM EDT
So how can you partner with the federal government? What resources are there to support the good work of faith-based and secular nonprofits? And what’s the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships all about? Well, we’ve created a brand new resource, Partnerships for the Common Good: A Partnership Guide for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations to provide answers to these questions!
This new toolkit provides information on a wide range of partnership opportunities across government. From housing to job creation, health care and education, from supporting our military families to encouraging responsible fatherhood, the new toolkit covers a number of issues of concern to community and faith-based groups. We invite you to take a look and explore the ways that you can partner around your existing efforts, or initiate or join new ones.
- Posted byon June 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM EDT
Our diverse traditions call us to help those in need among us, and to practice the golden rule.
That underlying spirit underscores the economic development work of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop of Church of God in Christ, Inc (COGIC) and Dr. Lula Ballton, the Director of Community and Economic Development of COGIC in the South Los Angeles community.
As a commitment to those principles, they conducted the first annual Christian Community Development Symposium at the University of Southern California Galen Center in Los Angeles, California where I served as one of the panelists.
- Posted byon June 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM EDT
It is hard to set foot in the city of New Orleans and not remember that day in August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, the levees broke, and the hearts of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and so many others broke along with them.
New Orleans could have remained a symbol of destruction and decay; of a storm that came and the response that followed. But that’s not what happened. Instead, the city and region has become a symbol of resilience, community, and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another.
Opening our office’s second Connecting Communities for the Common Good conference of over 500 faith and community leaders from the Gulf Coast, I recognized that it was in part because of the work of the faith and nonprofit community that I was able to stand in New Orleans that day. During and after the storm, they comforted and consoled, fed the hungry, housed the homeless and responded to so many needs. They are now leading the way toward a better future for the city and region with innovative approaches to fighting poverty, improving health care, reducing crime, and creating opportunities for young people. Because of them, New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast are coming back.
- Posted byon June 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM EDT
Recently, the HHS Partnership Center invited senior staff at the Department of Health & Human Services to meet with staff from Methodist LeBonheur Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee to learn more about their innovative community, faith-based health model. Informally called the “Memphis Model,” this health network serves as a partnership between local hospitals, congregations, community health centers, as well as faith-based and community organizations. The objective is to show that through engaging faith communities in collaborative partnerships, health providers can not only build capacity in local communities, but also to map viable health assets.
Sitting inside the Secretary‘s conference room, we listened as Gary Gunderson, Senior Vice President at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare described Memphis’ healthcare challenges through lyrical statistics that told a story of heartache and despair like many of the blues records the city is famous for. “Music and Faith are our assets…,” said Gunderson. With faith as the foundation, the Memphis Model builds upon the strong infrastructure of churches to reach deep into hard-to-reach and underserved communities.
- Posted byon June 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM EDT
For the past 10 years, our nation has been at war. As the members of our Armed Services deploy, it is critical that they know that their family has the support it needs. Those that have volunteered to serve in the military must have the peace of mind of knowing that when their deployment and service is over, they will have a sustained support system.
To help mobilize this support for military families and veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have started the Joining Forces Initiative.
As a new member of the Administration’s Office for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships team and a Company Commander in the South Carolina Army National Guard, I was honored to participate in the conference call earlier this month with First Lady Michelle Obama and Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on the role of faith and community based groups in Joining Forces.
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