Local Human Service Organizations and the Local Religious Community During an Era of Change: A Community Study

Citation: 
Wineburg, Robert J., Fasih Ahmed, and Mark Sills. “Local Human Service Organizations and the Local Religious Community During an Era of Change: A Community Study.” Journal of Applied Social Sciences 21(2):85-93. Spring/Summer 1997.
Abstract: 

Using data from a three-year study of 147 local service agencies in Greensboro, North Carolina, this article examines the degree to which these agencies used the resources of their religious community, and seeks to link empirically the changing relationships between such agencies and the religious community to the budget cutbacks of the Reagan-Bush Administrations. The article provides statistical data on general study findings and more specific information on the use of congregational volunteers and facilities by social service agencies. The authors employ a case study of Greensboro Urban Ministry to illustrate the deep and interdependent relationship between congregations and service organizations that resulted during the Reagan-Bush years. The study concludes that “changes took place during the Reagan era which can be linked to the policies of that era.”

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