Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence [open pdf - 2MB]
"Communities are faced with the surmounting challenge to protect citizens from increasing crime and support offenders returning home and reentering the community while providing valuable services to youth and families. The U.S. Department of Justice's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) serves as a bridge between the community and the Department of Justice's efforts to strengthen communities in three priority areas: promoting responsible fatherhood, preventing youth and gang violence, and assisting those returning from incarceration to become productive citizens. In communities with concentrated crime and needs, it can become difficult to determine where to lend support, how to identify your organization's capacity, and which resources may be leveraged to support your programs. For years the involvement of faith-based and non-profit organizations has been paramount in helping law enforcement engage neighborhood residents in crime reduction strategies while providing critical services and support to children and families in need. Faith can be a powerful motivator and often drives the vital work of your organizations. It is important to remember that passion for the mission must be coupled with sound business practices to be truly successful in the long-term. The most successful community efforts are those that involve multiple partners, such as neighborhood residents, law enforcement, churches, and service organizations. In recognition of the valuable leadership and commitment faith-based and non-profit organizations bring to the community, CFBNP has designed this guide to provide you with valuable resources to sustain your community service programs and make a bigger impact in your communities. This resource guide will address capacity building, partnerships and collaboration, and funding."
U.S. Department of Justice: http://www.usdoj.gov/