By Mary L. Mapes
Using Indianapolis as its concentration, this ebook explores the connection among faith and social welfare. coming up out of the Indianapolis Polis Center’s Lilly-sponsored examine of faith and concrete tradition, the booklet seems at 3 matters: the function of spiritual social prone inside of Indianapolis’s greater social welfare aid procedure, either private and non-private; the evolution of the connection among private and non-private welfare sectors; and the way principles approximately citizenship mediated the supply of social companies. Noting that spiritual nonprofits don't determine prominently in such a lot reports of welfare, Mapes explores the historic roots of the connection among religiously affiliated social welfare and public organizations. Her procedure acknowledges that neighborhood version has been a defining function of yankee social welfare. A Public Charity goals to light up neighborhood tendencies and to narrate the placement in Indianapolis to nationwide developments and events.
Polis middle sequence on faith and concrete Culture—David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors
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As a result, Catholic Charities expanded significantly during the s, not through competition, but in collaboration with the public sector. During the decade, the number of professionally trained social workers employed by the central office of Catholic Charities increased from three to eighteen. Equally significant, Catholic Charities drew on available public funds both to expand traditional services and to initiate new ones as well. Catholic Charities and the Making of the Welfare State Among the many programs benefiting from the public’s largesse was the Catholic-run foster care program.
Fee charging helped the private agencies to attract the middle class and assure this new clientele that they were not charity cases. ’’49 The Indianapolis Pastoral Care and Counseling Service—a Christian center—confronted the same ostensible stigma and also began charging fees to clients able to pay. Fee charging quickly became integral to the private agencies’ efforts to redefine their class base. A Public Charity The Good Wife People who paid for Indianapolis’s social welfare services maintained their status as middle-class citizens.
Various forces competed with each other for the loyalty and money of these families. Most visibly, housing developers recognized the potential for massive profits in America’s suburbs, and Hollywood producers helped to strengthen the particulars of the family ideal through the movies and television. Less visible but no less significant were religious authorities who gave unprecedented attention to families. Protestants, Catholics, and Jews established planning commissions to coordinate the building of new suburban churches and synagogues while the laity reinvigorated older organizations and in some cases formed new ones whose sole purpose was to attend to the needs of families.
A Public Charity: Religion And Social Welfare In Indianapolis, 1929-2002 (Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture) by Mary L. Mapes