Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Pamela Ebstyne King
Faith-based organizations are organizations or programs that have a religious orientation and offer various forms of services to individuals or families. They have both a religious and a social service component. They can be church-, synagogue-, temple-, or community-based programs that aim to help people and involve religion. The role of religion or faith varies from organization to organization. For some faith-based organizations, religion is a motivation for their mission, and for others, religion is an integral part of the content of their program. Although the staff and volunteers of such organizations usually adhere to a specific faith or religious tradition, participants may or may not share those same beliefs. Such organizations can be an important resource for youth, adults, and families by promoting spiritual, religious, social, and/or practical support. Needs addressed by faithbased organizations may include tutoring, mentoring, addiction recovery, or legal assistance. In addition, they may offer Faith ...