The White House continues to aggressively reach out to faith-based organizations with the goal of creating a “more level playing field” when it comes to equal access to federal grants and funding. President Bush feels faith groups often have very real answers to social problems. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is working as a liaison between the various federal agencies and religious groups. Their mission is to let government agencies know that it’s okay for faith-based groups to apply for funding, while at the same time showing religious groups ways to navigate the bureaucracy of government.
We’ll hear from Kathy Wills, a Special Assistant to the President. In addition, we will focus on one particular faith-based organization that is currently receiving funding through the Justice Department. Lynn Ziegenfuss with MentorYouth.com will tell about the group’s positive relationship with ‘Uncle Sam’ and will also explain what religious limitations are spelled out by the government.