This study is designed to assess the knowledge of African American pastors relative to the Charitable Choice Act of 1996, Charitable Choice funding streams and to gauge the interest of pastors in providing social services to ex-offenders. Participants in this study included nine African American pastors in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. A qualitative approach based on phenomenological research design was utilized to conduct unstructured interviews with the selected participants. Overall, African American churches do not participate in government-funded programs. Sixty-six (66.6%) pastors denied having knowledge about the Charitable Choice Act of 1996, and 77.7% were not knowledgeable about Charitable Choice funding streams. One-hundred percent of the pastors interviewed in this study expressed an interest in providing social services to ex-offenders. As a result of this study it is hoped that pastors may be encouraged to familiarize themselves on Charitable Choice provisions and collaborate with other faith based organizations in an effort to become stronger entities in the delivery of social services. The educational process utilized by the government to introduce the Charitable Choice Act to African American pastors is a topic worthy of scholarly exploration.share his or her knowledge of the Charitable Choice Act, funding streams, interest in providing services to ex-offenders, and other social service programs. The pastor responded as follows: We dona#39;t have experience working with ex- prisonersanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Role of the African American Church and Knowledge of the Charitable Choice Act|
|Author||:||Chantay P. White|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|