By Mary L. Mapes
Using Indianapolis as its concentration, this booklet explores the connection among faith and social welfare. coming up out of the Indianapolis Polis Center’s Lilly-sponsored learn of faith and concrete tradition, the e-book appears to be like at 3 concerns: the position of spiritual social prone inside of Indianapolis’s better 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 so much reports of welfare, Mapes explores the old roots of the connection among religiously affiliated social welfare and public companies. Her technique acknowledges that neighborhood version has been a defining characteristic of yank social welfare. A Public Charity goals to light up neighborhood tendencies and to narrate the location 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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Extra resources for A Public Charity: Religion And Social Welfare In Indianapolis, 1929-2002 (Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture)
Part of the explanation lay in the Protestant recognition that Catholics were different, and even if they were not equals, they still ought to have their own welfare institutions. Even more important, the publicly funded social welfare agencies, both the Township Trustees and the Department of Public Welfare, remained committed to keeping expenditures low and public bureaucracy small. Collaboration with Catholic Charities was one way to ensure these goals. Of course, public authorities no doubt held reservations about the Catholic community, but their commitment to fiscal conservatism proved more compelling.
For the first time in Indiana history, vast sums of state and local money became available for the care of children in institutions and foster homes. Although Catholic Charities could not receive or administer funds originating from federal sources, nothing precluded it from administering state or local funds. ’’38 By justifying their claims to Catholic children on religious grounds, Catholic leaders endorsed the traditional religious boundaries that had long underlay the city’s social welfare system.
17 In light of the challenge workers at Catholic Charities faced as they tried to meet the growing needs of the Catholic population, it is not surprising that they began to rethink the relative responsibilities of public and private welfare agencies and became receptive to the notion that the federal government should assume a greater role in relief of the unemployed. Their receptivity was no doubt heightened when they heard Katharine Lenroot speak to them about the ‘‘trend toward public financing and public support’’ at the May meeting of the Indianapolis Council of Social Agencies.