6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

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6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

Speaker: Kay Moshier McDivitt

It can be challenging to ensure that all of the key players are participants in the planning and implementation of community initiatives to end homelessness. This workshop will explore how to engage and work with faith-based providers who are key providers of services and transitional housing. Part of the discourse will include looking at philosophical differences among organizations as well as different service models and how they can be combined into a cohesive community response.

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6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

  1. 1. Role of Faith-Based Providers Kay Moshier McDivitt Capacity Building Associate National Alliance to End Homelessness [email_address]
  2. 2. Role of Faith Based Providers <ul><li>This workshop will explore how to engage and work with faith-based providers who are key providers of services and transitional housing. Part of the discourse will include looking at philosophical differences among organizations as well as different service models and how they can be combined into a cohesive community response. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Engaging Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Kay Moshier McDivitt, Moderator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Alliance to End Homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Claas Ehlers, Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Affiliate Services, Family Promise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jim Amstutz, Pastor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Akron Mennonite Church, Akron PA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homes of Hope, Lancaster PA </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Role of Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>1. Community strategies to end homelessness need to engage 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><ul><li>Those we serve benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. HEARTH Act requires systemic inclusion of all providers </li></ul><ul><li>3. Working together tells the bigger story; complete data is critical </li></ul><ul><li>4. Right thing to do </li></ul>
  5. 5. Engaging Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Getting Started </li></ul><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>
  6. 6. Engaging Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Issues to Consider </li></ul><ul><li>What are the mutual goals for a partnership? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need as a Coalition/Continuum? </li></ul><ul><li>What do the providers gain? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek first to understand, then to be understood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize differences, while embracing strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not viewed as secondary partners </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Role of Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Resources provided by faith based partners play a significant role in continuums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug gaps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More flexibility/different funding constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Different perspectives force us to think better and examine what we do </li></ul><ul><li>Its best for those we serve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More comprehensive services and solutions to end homelessness </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Role of Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><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 local coalition strategies vs. directives from national affiliations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOWEVER </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>
  9. 9. Role of Faith Based Providers <ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>The Faith Based Provider Perspective </li></ul>

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