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6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

6.5 The Role of Faith Based Providers

Speaker: Claas Ehlers

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. Mobilizing the Faith Community to Address Family Homelessness Claas Ehlers Director of Affiliate Services
  2. 2. DefinitionsFaith-Based Providers: Salvation Army, Rescue Missions, Church-run shelters and service programs, Denominational CDCs, YMCA/YWCA/etc., Habitat for HumanityFaith Community: Congregations, judicatorial bodies, interfaith alliances, ministeria, religious schools
  3. 3. Why be part of the CoC Coordinated approach Funding Trends Census Referrals Nature of families served
  4. 4. Re-Aligning Who You Are and What You Do Housing First  Interim Housing  Solution-oriented  Ending culture of shelter  Reducing time in shelter
  5. 5. Opportunities Collaborations Additional Resources  Funding  Program expansion
  6. 6. AdvocacyTapping into the faith community
  7. 7. Best Practices in Working with Faith Community Direct Service Material Support Professional Services Financial Support Advocacy
  8. 8. What you need to have in place Expectations Time and leadership Clear and effective communication channels Patience and flexibility Specific calls to action
  9. 9. How to approach the faith community Ministerial/Interfaith Groups  Existing agendas  Inability to act as a group  Overcommitted clergy Connections  Internal referrals are best  Lay leaders Face-to-face contact
  10. 10. Issues relevant to the faith community Social issues  Serving unmarried or same sex couples  Proselytizing Approach  Other partners  Involving children directly
  11. 11. Tips Ignorance beats assumption The more specific the better Use pictures, stories Have friends in the religious community help you find the language and references
  12. 12. Tips Talk:  Find out where people you know worship, how engaged they are in issues and who to approach at the congregation—and use your connectors names Thank:  Acknowledge everything a congregation does Leaders:  Find lay leadership for your efforts Connect:  Person-to-person connection, letters, emails