The Role of Brooklyn Congregations in Providing Social Services to Children

Client: ACT* (Action by Congregations Together) for Children
Faculty: Charles Brecher
Team: Courtney Abrams, Andrea Ault, Morgan Cowling, Sarah Haas, Carolyn Marr
Year: 2004
ACT* (Action by Congregations Together) for Children is a Brooklyn-based grassroots organization that seeks to mobilize congregations from all faiths to become advocates for children’s issues. The Capstone team researched the needs of Brooklyn children in the areas of health, education, and juvenile crime and surveyed congregations regarding direct services they provide to children in these areas. The team also conducted interviews with stakeholders (e.g., funders, clergy, and participants) in congregation-provided social services, as well as with city and state policymakers. The team’s findings indicate that while there is support for the role faith-based organizations play in social service provision, a lack of resources prevent many congregations from providing such services.