How do people in poverty and homelessness change their lives and get back on their feet? Homeless shelters across the world play a huge role in this process. Many of them are religious, but there is a lot of diversity in faith-based non-profits that assist people affected by poverty and homelessness. In this timely book, the authors look at three homeless shelters that take more or less intensive approaches to faith, community, and programming.
In one shelter, for instance, residents are required to do a program of classes that includes group Bible study, worship, and self-evaluation. The other two examined are significantly less faith-based, but in different ways and with different structures. The authors show how the three shelters tackle homelessness differently, drawing on narrative biographical interviews and case studies with residents, interviews with staff, and case study research of the three shelters.
Entering into significant debates in social theory over religion, agency, cognitive action, and culture, this book is important reading for scholars and students in religious studies, sociology and social work.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Homelessness and Faith-Based Organizations
Chapter 2. Theoretical Concepts and Methods
Chapter 3. Religion and Spirituality, Community and Program Structure at Grace Ministries, a Faith-Permeated Organization
Chapter 4. Self-Sufficiency and Program Structure at House of Hope, a Faith-Affiliated Organization
Chapter 5. Respite Center: Optional Participation and Divergent Responses in a Largely Secular Nonprofit
Chapter 6. What we Found and Why it Matters
'This book is required reading for scholars engaging with homelessness, poverty and religion. Contrasts in Religion, Community, and Structure at Three Homeless Shelters fills a badly felt gap in the field of lived religion and homelessness. It takes up important issues and moves the discussion forward in each instance. A "must read"!'
Srdjan Sremac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, author of Addiction and Spiritual Transformation