A Interfaith Coalition-University Partnership:

Assessing Faith Resources for Effective Community Planning in Wilmington

Community partners Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council (IMAC), and Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks for Wilmington (ICBBW) have collaborated on a special research project to create a better understanding of how Wilmington’s faith congregations and nonprofits currently deliver health and human services. The project also capitalized on the expertise of two distinguished university professors in the area of faith-based social services (see project description for additional information).

This searchable online database provides access to important data about the social contributions of local religious congregations and the relationships among the community of nonprofit and public service providers and the religious service providers in Wilmington.

The Interfaith Coalition and its community partners will now be able to strengthen collaborative partnerships by understanding what services the faith community is providing and how it is currently collaborating with social service providers. In addition, a better understanding of the faith based social services will enable the Interfaith Coalition of Delaware to engage faith based providers as partners in the community.

Congregations - Click the Congregation name to see more details

Church Phone Fax Email Web Site
"Templo Cristiano" Jesus es El Camino
  302-656-1696   302-656-6477      
1st and Central Presyterian Church
  302-654-5371   302-652-5392     www.fandc.org 
Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Congregation
  302-762-2705   302-762-3236   office@akse.org  www.akse.org 
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  302-479-8504   302-478-1828     www.aldersgatede.org 
Anointed Word Evangelistic Fellowship
  302-764-6502   302-764-6501      
Apostolic Christian Tabernacle
Be Ready Jesus is Coming
  302-472-3442   302-472-3442      
Bethel AME Church
  302-658-1676   302-658-1676      
Calvary United Methodist
Calvary United Presbyterian
  302-994-4044   302-994-2711   calvarypcusa@comcast.net  calvary.pcusa.org 
Canaan Baptist Church
  302-761-9295   302-761-9887   canaanbc@canaanbc.org  canaanbc.org 
Cathedral Church of St. John
  302-654-6279       www.cathedralsaintjohhn.org 
Cathedral of St. Peter
  302-654-5920       www.cathedralofstpeter.net 
Central Baptist Church
Chosen Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Christ Our King Catholic Church
  302-762-4140   302-762-8414     christourkingcatholicchurch.org 
Christian Growth Ministry
  302-764-9530   302-764-9530      
Christian United Fellowship Baptist Church
  302-656-2860   302-266-9112      
Church of the Holy City
  302-654-5014       churchoftheholycity.com 
Congregation Beth Emeth
  302-764-2393   302-764-2395     bethemeth.org 
Congregation Beth Shalom
  302-654-4462   302-654-4464   frontdesk@bethshalomwilmington.org  bethshalomwilmington.org 
Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church
  302-762-9601   302-762-9535     cornerstonefbc.org 
Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew and Matthew
  302-656-6628   302-656-6790   office@ssam.org  ssam.org 
Evangelistic Temple of Truth
Ezion Fair Baptist Church
  302-652-9114   302-652-7071   admin@ezionfairchurch.org  ezionfairchurch.org 
Ezion/Mt. Carmel
  302-654-3103   302-655-2954   ezion-mtcarmel@hotmail.com  www.gbgm-umc.org/ezion-mtcarmel 
First Church of Christian Scientists
  302-658-2364       cswilmington.org 
Friendship Baptist Church
  302-652-9429   302-658-1084      
Glorious Full Gospel Tabernacle Center
  302-655-5354     apostlewilliams@gloriousfullgospel.org  gloriousfullgospel.org 
Grace United Methodist Church
  302-655-8847   302-655-8874   grace@gracechurchum.org  www.gracechurchum.org 
Great Seal Moorish Science Temple of America Branch #2
  302-764-5002   302-373-8982     www.myspace.com/abdulrahimel 
Greater Deliverance Temple
Greater St. John the Baptist
Hanover Presbyterian Church
  302-658-5114     office@hanoverchurch.org  hanoverchurch.org 
Harriet Tubman United Methodist Church
  302-656-2660       havenumc.com 
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
  302-654-4446   302-654-4204   greekorth@comcast.net  holytrinitywilmington.org 
House of God Church
  302-328-7603   302-652-7048   houseofgod@verizon.net  hogc.verizon.net 
Iglesia de Dios Luz y Verdad
Immanual Churches Highlands
  302-658-7326   302-658-0240   immanuel.church@dol.net  immanual-highlands.org 
Immanuel Church
  302-652-3121   302-652-1078   immchurch@comcast.net  www.immanuelchurch.us 
Kingdom Harvest Fellowship Ministries
  302-762-7797     kingdomharvestministries@aol.com   
Love Fellowship Free Will Bapist Chruch
  302-276-2245   302-276-2245   agapefwb@comcast.net  lovefellowshipfreewillbaptist@groups.com 
Manna Christian Fellowship Church
  302-777-4240   302-777-4241   mannacf@hotmail.com  mannacfc.org 
Masjid Al-Kauthar/Muslim Center of Wilmington
  302-571-5032   302-654-4381      
Mother African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Church
  302-658-3838   302-658-2065   revlivingston@motherafricanunion.org  www.motherafricanunion.org 
Mount Calvary Temple Church of God in Christ
  302-655-8832       www.mtcalvarytemple.com 
Mount Salem in Rockford Park United Methodist Church
  302-658-1807   302-658-1807     gbgm/umc.org/mtsalem 
Mount Zion Miracle Station
  302-225-2747       mountzionmiraclestation22.adventistchurchconnect.org 
Mt. Joy United Methodist Church
  302-655-7751   302-654-8123     mtjoy.com 
Mt. Zion Greater Harvest Ministries II
  302-762-1607     MountZion2@aol.com   
Mt.Zion Greater Harvest Ministries International
  302-762-5651   302-762-5125   mtzionhcc@aol.com  www.mtziongmhi.org 
Muhammad's Mosque #35
  302-764-1505   302-654-1244   brucemuhammad@aol.com  mm35.org 
New Apostolic Life Ministries
  302-888-2820   302-888-2823      
New Calvary Baptist Church
  302-652-9565   302-652-0561     www.newcalvary.com 
New Destiny Fellowship
  302-762-5600   302-762-5630     newdestinyfellowship.org 
New Hope Missionary Baptist
  302-571-1615   302-571-1190   newhopebc@verizon.net   
New Mt Olive Baptist Church
  302-654-2777   302-654-6811     www.newmtolivebc.org 
New Mt. Bethl Baptist Church
  302-655-8563   301-655-8681      
New Pentecostal United Holy Church
  302-654-8665   302-777-5242      
Northeast Church of Christ
Oasis of Refreshing Ministries, Inc.
  302-778-5488   302-778-5490     www.oasisofrefreshing.org 
Pena de Horeb Pentecostal Church
  302-778-3900       www.pdhministries.com 
Peniel Fellowship Church
Peninsula McCabe United Methodist
  302-652-0326     pmumc@mindspring.com   
Perfected Life Church
  302-324-8801   302-324-8191   Info@perfectedlifechurch.org  rhemacity.org 
Presbyterian Church of Our Savior
  302-764-8843   302-764-7941      
Primera Iglesia de Dios, "El Peregrino"
  302-428-0139   302-428-0139      
Real Life Ministries
  302-762-5851   302-764-4548      
Saint Anthony of Padua Church
  302-421-3718   3024213705     www.stanthonynet.org 
Saint Elizabeth s Catholic Church
  302-652-3626   302-658-5957     www.sterectory.org 
Saint Hedwig s Roman Catholic Church
  302-594-1400   302-594-1405   sthedwigchurch@comcast.net  www.sthedwig.org 
Saint Jude Bread of Life Christian Church
  302-777-7477     stjudebolcm@verizon.net   
Sharon Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  302-655-8023   302-655-2383     sharontemple.org 
Shiloh Baptist Church
  302-655-5315   302-655-9704     www.shilohwilm.org 
Spirit of Life Lutheran Church
  302-652-6311   302-652-7787   spiritoflife6311@aol.com   
St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
  302-764-7671   302-762-5849   stnicholas2@verizon.net  www.st-nicholas-church.org/ 
St Paul UAME Church
  302-764-1835   302-764-8770      
St. James AUMP
St. Joseph Catholic Church
  302-658-4535   302-658-2006   frjohn22@yahoo.com   
St. Luke's Church
St. Mary's Anglican Church
  302-764-9080       http://www.anglicancatholic.org/dmas/delaware.html 
St. Paul Catholic Church
  302-655-6596   302-655-7684      
St. Stanislau Kostka
  302-571-0622   302-571-1508   ststankostka@att.net   
St. Stephan's Lutheran Church
  302-652-7623   302-652-7646   office@ststeph.org   
St. Thomas the Apostle
  302-658-5131   302-652-6222   rectory@saintthomasnet.com  http://www.saintthomasnet.com 
Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church
  302-656-9880   302-658-9882   tabernaclefgbc@aol.com  tabernaclefgbc.com 
Temple United Church
  302-517-8596   302-571-8569   TUCONE333APOSTLE@AOL.COM   
The Blessing Place
  302-898-0401     tony@theblessingplace.org  www.theblessingplace.org 
The Resurrection Center
  302-762-8355   302-762-8331     www.theresurrectioncenter.org 
Trinity Episcopal Parish
  302-652-8605   302-652-8611   office@trinityparishde.com  www.trinityparishDE.com 
True Believers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Union Baptist Church
  302-762-9103   302-762-2962   info@unionb.org  www.unionbc.org 
United Independent Methodist Church
  302-762-4430   302-762-9151      
Walk By Faith AME Zion
West Presbyterian Church
  302-656-8326   302-656-1328   rclayton@westpc.org  westpc.org 
Westminster Presbyterian Church
  302-654-5214   302-654-5706     wpc.org 
Wilmington Baha'i Community
Wilmington Friends Meeting
  302-652-4491     wilmmtg@juno.com  wilmingtondefriendsmeeting.org 
Zion Lutheran Church
  302-658-5288   302-658-2335   zionlutheran@comcast.net  zionluther.org 

Non-Profit Organizations - Click the organization name to see more details

Agency Phone Fax Email Web Site
A Door of Hope
  302-998-9000   302-998-9077   ggeiger@adoorofhope.org  www.adoorofhope.org 
AIDS Delaware
      baker@aidsdelaware.org  www.aidsdelaware.org 
Alzheimer's Association - Delaware Valley Chapter
  302-633-4420   302-633-4494   edna.ellett@alz.org  www.alz.org/desjsepa 
American Diabetes Association - Delaware & Eastern Maryland
  302-656-0030   302-656-7331   danderson@diabetes.org  www.diabetes.org 
American Red Cross of Delaware
  302-472-6236   302-656-8797   rmccreary@redcrossdelmarva.org  www.redcrossdelmarva.org 
Bernard & Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center
  302-478-5660   302-478-6068   ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org  www.siegeljcc.org 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware
  302-998-3577   302-998-1673   jduffy@bbbsde.org  www.bbbsde.org 
Boy Scouts of America, Del-Mar-Va Council, Inc.
  302-622-3300   302-622-3308   psterrett@dmvc.org  www.dmvc.org 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
  302-658-1870       www.bgclubs.org 
Brandywine Counseling
  302-656-2348   302-656-4389   contact@brandywinecounseling.org  www.brandywinecounseling.org 
Carelink Community Support Services
  302-429-6694   302-429-8031   jderham@carelinkservice.org  www.carelinkservices.org 
Catholic Charities
  302-655-9624   302-655-9753   azampini@ccwilm.org  www.cdow.org/charities.html 
Catholic Youth Ministry
  302-658-3800   302-658-7617   catholicyouth@cdow.org  www.cdow.org/youth.html 
  302-856-5187   302-856-5451   alittleton@scss.org  www.cheerde.com 
Children & Families First
  302-658-5177   302-658-5170   kathy.hershey@cffde.org  www.cffde.org 
Claymont Community Center
  302-792-2757   302-792-0356   lorietudor@claymontcenter.org  www.claymontcenter.org 
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  302-575-0660   302-575-0840   cwhite@declasi.org  www.declasi.org 
Connections CSP, Inc.
  302-984-3380   302-984-3324   cmckay@connectionscsp.org  www.connectionscsp.org 
  302-761-9800   302-761-4280   emccourt@contactdelaware.org  www.contactlifeline.org 
Delaware Association for Children of Alcoholics
  302-656-5554   302-234-2232   bjridge@comcast.net  www.dacoa.org 
Delaware Association for the Blind
  302-655-2111   302-655-1442   llauria@dabdel.org  www.dabdel.org 
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
  302-778-1102   302-778-1104   vcooke@debreastcancer.org  www.debreastcancerl.org 
Delaware Center for Justice
  302-658-7174   302-658-7170   Jleban@dcjustice.org  www.dcjustice.org 
Delaware Curative Workshop, Inc.
  302-428-5955   302-656-1210   bgilliland@delawarecurative.com  www.delawarecurative.com 
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
      deccf@aol.com  www.deccf.org 
Delaware Futures, Inc.
  302-652-8619   302-652-8613   mdtolliver@delawarefutures.org  www.delawarefutures.org 
Delaware Helpline, Inc.
  800-464-4357   800-577-5740   patricia.m.blevins@state.de.us  www.delawarehelpline.org 
Delaware Parents Association
  302-678-9288   302-678-2730   dpa.hstafford@verizon.net  www.delparents.org 
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
  302-478-8680   302-477-2227   jhoward@dvls.org  www.dvls.org 
Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore
  302-324-4444   302-328-2747   kdoty@esdel.org  de.easterseals.com 
Edgemoor Community Center
  302-762-1391   302-762-1652   ecc@dca.org  www.ecc-de.org 
Elwyn, Inc. - Elwyn Delaware
  302-658-8860   302-657-5658   eve_austin@elwyn.org  www.elwyn.org 
Gateway House
  302-571-8885   302-571-0919   dmosley@gatewayhouse.ws  www.gatewayhouse.ws 
Generations Home Care, Inc.
  302-322-3100   302-322-2730   paustin@ghcde.org  www.ghcde.org 
Girls Incorporated of Delaware
  303-575-1041   302-575-1045   cferguson@girlsincde.org  www.girlsincde.org 
Harrington Senior Center, Inc.
  302-398-4224   302-398-4421   gene.price@comcast.net   
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center
  302-656-3224   302-656-3830   daraboger@hotmail.com   
Homeward Bound, Inc.
  302-737-2241   302-737-2181   info@homewardbound-de.org  www.homewardbound-de.org 
Jewish Family Services of Delaware
  302-478-9411   302-479-9883   dzatuchni@jfsdelaware.org  www.jfsdelaware.org 
Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc.
  302-422-4014   302-422-5848   crouchc@ksiinc.org  www.ksiinc.org 
Kingswood Community Center, Inc.
      nnamdi@kgwcc.org  www.kgwcc.org 
La Esperanza, Inc.
  302-854-9262   302-854-9277   info@laesperanza.org  www.laesperanza.org 
Latin American Community Center
  302-655-7338   302-655-7334   mmatos@thelatincenter.org  www.thelatincenter.org 
Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc.
  302-575-0408   302-575-0478   karen@lscd.com  www.lscd.com 
Limen House, Inc.
  302-652-7969   302-652-5774   cavingreg@comcast.net  www.limenhouse.org 
Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults/Northern DE, Inc.
  302-658-5624   302-654-9132   litvolunteers@aol.com  www.litvolunteers.org 
Lutheran Community Services
  302-654-8886   302 654 7460   jwarren@lcsde.org  www.lcsde.org 
Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, Inc.
  302-645-7449   302-644-1676   kathy@beachmeals.com  www.beachmeals.com 
Mental Health Association in Delaware
  302-654-6833   302-654-6838   Jlafferty@dca.net  www.mhainde.org 
Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center
  302-378-4758   302-376-7947   ceilroz@aol.com   
Milford Senior Center
  302-422-3385     rubinsohnj@comcast.net  www.milfordseniorcenter.com 
Ministry of Caring
  302-652-5523     brcory@ministryof caring.org  www.ministryofcaring.org 
Modern Maturity Center, Inc.
  302-734-1200   302-674-1265   director@modern-maturity.org  www.modern-maturity.org 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  302-655-5610     kate.cowperthwait@msdelaware.org  www.msdelaware.org 
Neighborhood House, Inc.
  302-652-3928   302 652-3983   a_boswell@neighborhoodhse.org  www.neighborhoodhse.org 
New Castle County Head Start, Inc.
  302-452-1500   302-452-1509   jbenatti@aol.com  www.ncchs.org 
Newark Senior Center, Inc.
  302-737-2336   302-737-2636   cgrygiel@newarkseniorcenter.com  www.newarkseniorcenter.com 
Opportunity Center
  302-762-0300   302-762-8797   cflloyd@ourpeoplework.org  www.ourpeoplework.org 
People's Place
  302-422-8033   302-422-8050   mkersteter@peoplesplace2.com  www.peoplesplace2.com 
Peoples Settlement Association
  302-658-4133   302-658-7406   kll@psassociation.org  www.psassociation.org 
Planned Parenthood of Delaware
  302-655-7296   302-655-1907   karlafx@aol.com  www.ppdel.org 
Read Aloud Delaware
  302-656-5256   302-656-2119   mhirsch@readalouddelaware.org  www.readalouddelaware.org 
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware
  302-656-4847   302-658-6608   k.thomas@rmhde.org  www.rmhde.org 
St. Anthony's Community Center
  302-421-3721   302-421-3725   daw908@aol.com  www.stanthonyscommunityctr.og 
Supporting Kidds
  302-235-5544   302-235-2672   ellenspoehr@supportingkidds.org  www.supportingkidds.org 
The Delawre Adolescent Program, Inc.
  302-764-9740   302-764-1684   lodonnell@dapi.org  www.dapi.org 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  302-661-7300   302-661-0363   sharon.schuh@lls.org  www.lls.org 
The Milton and Hattie Kutz Home
  302-764-7000   302-764-2224   kfriedman@kutzhome.org  www.kutzhome.org 
The Shepherd Place
  302-678-1909   302-678-4935   lakena@comcast.net  www.theshepherdplace.org 
United Negro College Fund, Inc.
  800-800-UNCF   215-925-9048   constance.scott@uncf.org  www.uncf.org 
United Service Organizations (USO)
  703-908-6400       www.uso.org 
West End Neighborhood House - Community Center
  302-658-4171   302-888-5314   pcalistro@westendnh.org  www.westendnh.org 
Wilmington Head Start, Inc.
  302-421-3620   302-421-3623   sfrederick@wilmheadstart.org   
Wilmington Senior Center
  302-651-3460   302-651-3470   srgetman@wilmingtonseniorcenter.org  www.wilmingtonseniorcenter.org 
YMCA of Delaware
  302-571-6907   302-656-5035   mgraves@ymcade.org  www.ymcade.org 
YWCA Delaware
  302-655-0039   302-658-7548   gmarino@ywcade.org  www.ywcade.org 

Government Agencies - Click the organization name to see more details

Agency Phone Fax Email Web Site
DHSS - Hudson Service Center - Division of State Service Centers
DHSS - Northeast Center - Division of State Service Centers
DSCYF - After Hours
DSCYF - Community Services
DSCYF - Delaware Department of Family Services - Foster Care
DSCYF - Division of Children and Family Services
DSCYF - Division of Family Services
DSCYF - Division of Family Services - Kids Department
DSCYF - Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
DSCYF - DYRS/New Castle County Detention Center and Stevenson House
DSCYF - Juvenile Probation/DYRS - Rosehill Community Center
Public Health - Bureau of Adolescent and Reproductive Health
Public Health - Bureau of Chronic Disease
Public Health - Bureau of Health Planning and Resources Management
Public Health - Communicable Disease Bureau
Public Health - Comprehensive Cancer Branch
Public Health - Delaware Office of Women's Health
Public Health - Family Health and Health Systems Management
Public Health - Health Educator - Hudson Service Center - New Castle County
Public Health - Health Information and Science Center
Public Health - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Immunization Branch
Public Health - Northern Health Services
Public Health - Office of Health and Risk Communication
Public Health - Women

Project Description

Today, more than ever, the city needs its religious groups to be its strength, offering moral guidance and making sure the lessons of peace and love are not limited to sermons. An active and engaged religious institution is especially important in the highest poverty and most crime-ridden parts of the city, where some young people have lost touch with these moral institutions of the community. The City's faith-based community will be counted on to be leaders and co-partners in implementing the recommendations of the Hope Commission.

Hope Commission: A Wilmington Plan (Page 14)

The primary goal of this project was to provide The Interfaith Coalition and its community partners with new and important baseline data about the social contributions of local religious congregations and the relationships among the community of nonprofit and public service providers and the religious service providers in Wilmington Delaware.

In the short term this information will assist the Interfaith Coalition by enhancing its overall capability to create collaborative partnerships with social service organizations and faith based organizations. The long range goal of this project is to help the Interfaith Coalition provide a model that effectively uses the resources of local religious congregations for comprehensive community planning and enhancing the quality of social services in Wilmington.

While the Interfaith Coalition is familiar with the services provided by public and nonprofit service providers, its planning capabilities will be sharpened by understanding more about the services provided by local religious congregations and their support to nonprofit and public service providers. The social activities of local religious congregations in most American cities are well beneath the radar screen; consequently their potential for participation in service partnerships is rarely incorporated in comprehensive efforts to enhance community collaborations. Existing planning systems and new initiatives will be more effective by thoughtfully integrating the valuable resources of local religious congregations into the process. The quality of life of residents of the City of Wilmington will be advanced greatly by harnessing the valuable contributions of the religious community and integrating them into the social care system.

The Interfaith Coalition is working to address community problems by creating collaborative partnerships comprised of non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. These partnerships seek to commonly define core issues and gain alignment on best practice strategies. The Interfaith Coalition will be able to strengthen its collaborative partnerships by understanding what services the faith community is providing and how it is currently collaborating with social service providers. In addition, a better understanding of the faith based social services will enable Interfaith Coalition of Delaware to engage faith based providers as partners in the community.

What we are learning

Congregations, small and large, are interested in helping their neighbors. Through careful planning and coordination the resources of the congregations the Interfaith Coalition can enhance the network of social services provided to the city residents. Strengthening these partnerships will also enhance the capacity of Wilmington’s agencies.

    More specifically our learning has centered on:
  • The scope, locations, and characteristics of the local religious congregations.
  • Nature and scope of Wilmington’s congregational resources.
  • Kinds of partnerships that prevail among community agencies and congregations.
  • How to utilize congregational resources for community planning purposes.
  • The potential to enhance civic life by fully understanding and better using religions organizations’ resources.
  • How to encourage the use of suburban recourses to benefit Wilmington.
  • How to integrate research findings into planning efforts.
  • How to nurture and sustain community-university partnerships.

Researcher Bios

Dr. Ram A. Cnaan

Dr. Ram A. Cnaan is a professor, associate dean for research, and chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He received his doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.W. and M.S.W. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues. He is the author of: The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership (Columbia University Press, 1999) and: The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare (New York university Press, 2002). The former book discussed the need to link social work with religious social services providers. The latter book discusses how American congregations became the hidden safety net of the American welfare system. Dr. Cnaan 2006 book deals with congregations in one large city, titled: The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America (University of Pennsylvania Press). Currently, along with Carl Milofsky from Bucknell University professor Cnaan edits the Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations (Springer’s series of Handbooks of Sociology). This volume aims to capture the field of community practice from a theoretical and conceptual levels using knowledge from a multidisciplinary approaches.

Dr. Cnaan is the director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research (PRSPR) at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He carried out the first national study on the role of local religious congregations in the provision of social services and introduced an innovative new course on social work and religion. He is considered a leading expert in studying faith-based social services. He also carried the first ever census of congregations in an American city (Philadelphia). Dr. Cnaan is also known as an international expert on nonprofit organizations and voluntary action with a specialty in the study of volunteerism. He studied the role of volunteers in human services, volunteer management, and volunteerism as a social construct. Previously, Dr. Cnaan researched and published in the areas of information technology in social work practice, mentally-ill homeless persons, and practice evaluation. Dr. Cnaan serves on the editorial board of seven academic journals.

Robert J. Wineburg

Bob Wineburg is currently The Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor of Social Work at UNC Greensboro. His research for the last 20 years has been on trying to understand the relationship between how policy is formulated at the federal and state levels, and how those policies actually affect agencies and organizations at the local level. His major focus is on determining how public and private nonprofit organizations use resources from the religious community to meet local needs. His former students endowed The Bob Wineburg Scholarship in Community Service.

He works nationally, regionally, and locally with many agencies and organizations in program planning and development. He was an advisor to Catholic Charities USA on its Vision 2000 Project, was a panelist at the United Jewish Communities bi-annual conference on the President’s Faith-Based Initiative. He currently advises the Eisenhower Foundation, and is a consulting scholar to the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s Roundtable on Religion and Welfare.

Wineburg was a member of the Governor of North Carolina's Task Force on Community Initiatives. He is the advisor for Welfare Reform Liaison Project, the nation’s first faith-based Community Action Agency. Wineburg has authored numerous scholarly articles, essays, and is the author of the book titled: The Limited Partnership: The Politics of Religion, Welfare, and Social Service, published in 2001, by Columbia University Press. His current book, Faith Based Inefficiencies: The Follies of Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative is scheduled for publication in January 2007. Wineburg received a Ph.D. from The University of Pittsburgh.

Community Partners

Jessie Ball duPont Fund


The Jessie Ball duPont Fund invests in organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont.

    The Fund organizes its resources around five focus areas:
  • Strengthening the Independent Sector
  • Building Assets of People, Families and Communities
  • Building the Capacity of Eligible Organizations
  • Stimulating Community Problem Solving
  • Helping People Hold their Communities Accountable

Interdenominational Ministers Action Council (IMAC)

The three strategic initiatives of IMAC are:

  • Economic and Social Justice, Holistic Health and Wellness, and Education.

Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks for Wilmington (ICBBW)


The Interfaith Coalition’s strategic focus is on developing and sustaining a coordinated effort of neighborhoods and faith-based organizations to work with youth in at-risk environments, and their families, in order to minimize the likelihood that they will become involved in delinquent and criminal behavior and to set them on a developmental path towards higher achievement.

    It’s work is centered around:
  • Facilitating energies around neighborhood capacities and assets to build a sustainable “neighborhood based delivery system” with a common vision and shared ownership, that will work with hard to reach youth/families by identifying needs, referring them to appropriate existing services, and supporting them during the process
  • Employing a nationally recognized model (Search Institute’ developmental asset framework) for intentional community asset building and positive youth development
  • Mobilizing faith-based organizations for strategic ministry opportunities, to be accountable for the streets around their Congregation, and to facilitate urban/suburban faith-based partnerships
  • Using technology solutions to better match youth/family needs with existing resources, and to track and measure our work

Final Report

Assessing Faith Resources for Effective Community Planning in Wilmington, DE

Dr. Ram A. Cnaan
Dr. Bob Wineburg

April 20, 2009

Click here to read the final report. (in PDF format)