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Ideas in Indiana: A Report from SIPR’s Breakfast Briefing on The Expanding Role of Community and Faith-Based Groups in America

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

Author(s): Jay Hein; Barbara Elliott

Topic: Social conditions (Volunteerism)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Coverage: United States


Includes an essay excerpted from the introduction to Barbara Elliott's book Street Saints. The product of eight years of hands-on experience with grassroots practitioners and more than 300 interviews, Barbara’s acclaimed book details how people of faith are working in neighborhoods, communities, and cities throughout the United States to change lives.

Barbara reminds us that these unsung heroes range from grade school dropouts to PhDs, from former prostitutes to business executives, from ex-gang members to preachers. They are every color and every denomination. What unites them is a commitment to helping others turn their lives around.


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