Working Faith: How Religious Organizations Provide Welfare-to-Work Services
This study investigates welfare-to-work programs in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, particularly the extent to which faith-based groups both provide such services and receive government funding in order to do so. It shows that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, faith-based organizations currently receive substantial funding from government, and that only a small percentage of them are opposed to receiving such funding in principle. It also finds that those groups that do receive money are almost never required to make changes to the religious content of their services in order to qualify for funding. Another crucial finding of the study, in light of the increased need for welfare-to-work services under most plans for the second round of welfare reform, is that it is faith-based organizations, rather than secular non-profits or government agencies, that are best prepared to rapidly expand their operations to satisfy increased demand.