Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The Beck Institute
The Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty


The Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty is an ecumenical institute that partners with New York City interfaith religious and lay leaders who are moved to alleviate poverty in our affluent society.  It is committed to preparing leaders who promote social justice and serve the poor.


  • 2013-2014 Capacity Building Grant from an Anonymous Funder has enabled productive development of 18 cycles of the Life Skills Empowerment Programs (LSEP) for people in transition.
  • Notable achievements for all programs this year are due to our talented and committed Beck team of capacity builders, including GSS MSW and PhD students. See the For Students page.
  • The ongoing developments for the LSEP programs for the post-incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence, veterans and homeless has been possible because of our community collaborators: Catholic Charities, Xavier Mission, Reformed Church of Bronxville, Riverside Church, Metro-Baptist Church, Interfaith Assembly for Housing and Homelessness, and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office ComALERT program.
  • Fall 2014 will begin the development of new LSEP programs in NYC, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. Please contact Dr. Anita Lightburn at (914)367-3436 or email us at for information on how to develop LSEP programs.
  • “Our Daily Bread” documentary film is available for screening events. For more information see the film clip and contact Dr. Dale Lindquistat at (914)367-3438 or email us at


The Beck Institute with Union Theological Seminary and the Coalition for Restorative Justice Planning Committee organized the first Consultation on Restorative Justice and Youth Incarceration. This overwhelmingly successful event, under the leadership of Donald and Peggy Shriver, was attended by international leaders in restorative justice from New Zealand, Norway and Ireland with national and New York leadership from the justice system, faith communities, universities, and social service and community organizations.  A brief review of this seminal event is in the
and more insights from the consultation
can be found on the


Celebrating the Life Skills Empowerment
Program (LSEP) Communities

Completion of the NY Community Trust
Demonstration Study of LSEP Programs

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and
Experimentation Pilot Study Completed




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