Capacity Building with Faith Communities: Meeting the Challenge of Poverty
Open to GSS Doctoral students plus students from other Master level programs, this course introduces the issue of poverty, capacity building as an approach to working with the poor, and the role of the faith community in working on behalf of the poor. It sets the stage to consider the role of social work and faith communities through review of poverty in the U.S., the incumbent challenges the poor experience, and the role that different faith traditions have based on their belief in social justice as a lived mission. Specific methods for capacity building include asset-based community development, use of a strengths perspective, empowerment practice, and understanding social work traditions of community development, advocacy and community-based clinical practice. Students are introduced to model faith based programs in New York City such as: housing collaboratives, congregational organizing, alternatives to incarceration, mentoring programs for the formerly homeless, and emergency food services. Look for this course in the future from Fordham’s online MSW program.
Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good >>
A Policy Paper of Catholic Charities, USA