Coming Together Engaging Faith-Based Partners in Ending Homelessness Kay Moshier McDivitt Lancaster County Coalition to En...
Engaging Faith Based Partners The Lancaster PA Journey <ul><li>Population of 500,000 (urban, suburban & rural) </li></ul><...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Coalition/Systems Perspective <ul><li>Majority of Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Lancaster City/County CoC HIC Type Faith Based Federal/State Government Funded Totals Emerge...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together <ul><li>Relationship Building </li></ul><ul><li>Issues to Consider </li></ul...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Building Relationships <ul><li>Identify Faith Partners in your continuum to be brought to th...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Issues to Consider <ul><li>Why partner? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the mutual goals of t...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Recognize Philosophical Differences <ul><li>Acknowledge differences from the beginning </li>...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together -Shared Common Goals <ul><li>Shared commitment to finding solutions to issue...
Engaging Faith Based Partners The Benefits for the Coalition <ul><li>Resources provided by faith based partners play a sig...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Benefits for Them <ul><li>Ability to access a larger system of services </li></ul><ul><li>Gr...
Quote from Faith Based Transitional Housing Provider <ul><li>“ It is important to know what is going on around us.  It is ...
Engaging Faith Based Partners A New Coalition-Coming Together <ul><li>Not Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Talked about each oth...
Engaging Faith Based Partners   Results of Coming Together <ul><li>Water Street Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Dir...
Engaging Faith Based Partners   Results of Coming Together <ul><li>Water Street Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Health Center...
Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together-Coalition Partnerships <ul><li>Other active partners </li></ul><ul><li>Milag...
Coming Together Final Thoughts <ul><li>Invite faith based providers to the table; validate the importance of having their ...
Coming Together Final Thoughts <ul><li>Be prepared for bumps along the way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff changes within orga...
<ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>
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4.4 Coming Together: Engaging Faith-Based Providers

  1. 1. Coming Together Engaging Faith-Based Partners in Ending Homelessness Kay Moshier McDivitt Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness 610 North Queen Street, Suite 610 Lancaster, PA 17603 717-735-8485 [email_address]
  2. 2. Engaging Faith Based Partners The Lancaster PA Journey <ul><li>Population of 500,000 (urban, suburban & rural) </li></ul><ul><li>Faith centered community </li></ul><ul><li>Community dependent on faith based providers for multiple social services </li></ul><ul><li>Heading Home”, Lancaster’s 10 Year Plan released in October 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies included engaging faith based community in solutions </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Engaging Faith Based Partners Coalition/Systems Perspective <ul><li>Majority of Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Beds provided by faith based organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Ending Homelessness=Engaging ALL Providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Together we accomplish more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broader perspectives creates broader solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right thing to do </li></ul>
  4. 4. Engaging Faith Based Partners Lancaster City/County CoC HIC Type Faith Based Federal/State Government Funded Totals Emergency Singles 141 10 151 Emergency Family Units 12 20 32 Transitional Singles 46 85 131 Transitional Family Units 56 32 88
  5. 5. Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together <ul><li>Relationship Building </li></ul><ul><li>Issues to Consider </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and Recognize Differences and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Core Values </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the First Steps </li></ul>
  6. 6. Engaging Faith Based Partners Building Relationships <ul><li>Identify Faith Partners in your continuum to be brought to the table </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the right “convener” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiator vs. Champion (trusted by both secular and faith providers) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know circles of influence with that organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you already know/work with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with front line staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persons of faith working in “secular” organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop the sell for each organization, do your research-a different plan for each one </li></ul>
  7. 7. Engaging Faith Based Partners Issues to Consider <ul><li>Why partner? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the mutual goals of the partnership? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do we need as a Coalition/Continuum? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s in it for them? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seek first to understand, then to be understood </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize differences, while embracing strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Do not view as a secondary partner due to their faith based status </li></ul>
  8. 8. Engaging Faith Based Partners Recognize Philosophical Differences <ul><li>Acknowledge differences from the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Respect differing points of view </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Viewing homelessness as a “condition” vs. a state of housing crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of “discipleship” vs. role in ending homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Deserving” of receiving housing assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be open to change and new ideas on both sides </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge from the start we all have room to grow/something to be learned from each other </li></ul>
  9. 9. Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together -Shared Common Goals <ul><li>Shared commitment to finding solutions to issues of homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the services offered by faith based partners that your community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Build on each other’s strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does each partner offer to the other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for common solutions to fill in the gaps </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Engaging Faith Based Partners The Benefits for the Coalition <ul><li>Resources provided by faith based partners play a significant role in the continuum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Services often plug gaps in the continuum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith Based providers may have more flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forces us all to think better and examine what we do </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately it best for those we serve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more comprehensive services and solutions to end homelessness </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Engaging Faith Based Partners Benefits for Them <ul><li>Ability to access a larger system of services </li></ul><ul><li>Greater understanding of the bigger picture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness of trends, network, share resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Helps them do self examination and adjust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ if we chose not to be involved in the community we would be limiting ourselves in the calling.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More solutions means better services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ discover new resources, know about other programs so that we can refer families when we are unable to help.” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Quote from Faith Based Transitional Housing Provider <ul><li>“ It is important to know what is going on around us. It is important to know the trends, share information, network, discover new resources, know about other programs so that we can refer families when we are unable to help. While we do not receive any government funding, our participation may help other agencies that do to have a better chance to secure funding. At the core, the work is not just about being employed, but is an effectual calling to serve the needy. It is not a job, it is seen as a mandate by God to come to the aid of those who are homeless or in need. In this way, if we chose not to be involved in the community we would be limiting ourselves in the calling.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Engaging Faith Based Partners A New Coalition-Coming Together <ul><li>Not Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Talked about each other </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasized differences </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Participation </li></ul><ul><li>HMIS used only by mandated providers </li></ul><ul><li>Fully Engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Talking to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking solutions together </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in Coalition leadership roles </li></ul><ul><li>Full HMIS participation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Engaging Faith Based Partners Results of Coming Together <ul><li>Water Street Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director serves as Vice Chair of a Coalition Priority Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High staff participation in coalition work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Active HMIS participation (66% CoC total) </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped chapel requirement for shelter and meal services </li></ul><ul><li>Provide space (free) for drop in center operated by a secular agency </li></ul>
  15. 15. Engaging Faith Based Partners Results of Coming Together <ul><li>Water Street Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Health Center opened up for full continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Responded to closing of another shelter by offering space </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling “prevention and diversion” for families </li></ul><ul><li>Moving closer to a “housing first” approach with embracing the Rapid Re-Housing model for families </li></ul>
  16. 16. Engaging Faith Based Partners Coming Together-Coalition Partnerships <ul><li>Other active partners </li></ul><ul><li>Milagro House (TH for 18 families) </li></ul><ul><li>Homes of Hope (ES and TH for families throughout the county) </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge of Hope (TH transition in place model for families) </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Shelter (3 Cold Weather Shelters) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephrata Area Ministerium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbia Ministerium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lancaster County Council of Churches </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Coming Together Final Thoughts <ul><li>Invite faith based providers to the table; validate the importance of having their views expressed. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your providers updated on most current information. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out community members of like faith who have vested interest in homelessness to reach out to faith based providers. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a faith based sub committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Directly address concerns/questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Entertain and incorporate suggestions to validate that their involvement and contributions are valued </li></ul>
  18. 18. Coming Together Final Thoughts <ul><li>Be prepared for bumps along the way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff changes within organizations may mean starting the process over/re-educating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resistance to concept of “housing first” or “rapid exit” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providers reconciling alignment with the local coalition strategies vs. directives from national affiliations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume there will be resistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes our perceptions get in the way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finally: focus on the win/wins for everyone </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>

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