Church & State

Last year, federal social service agencies awarded $2 billion to faith-based organizations. The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives officially recognizes the role of faith-based groups in social service work, but faith groups have always been involved in charity in the US. Host Melinda Penkava leads a conversation about the role of churches in poverty alleviation in North Carolina. When do people turn to their churches for help, and what kind of help are churches prepared to provide? Guests include: Bob Wineburg, professor of social work at UNC-Greensboro; Barbara Zelter, program associate at the North Carolina Council of Churches; and Odell Cleveland, president of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project in Greensboro. Listener Call-In. (59:00)

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