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By Mary L. Mapes

Using Indianapolis as its concentration, this e-book explores the connection among faith and social welfare. coming up out of the Indianapolis Polis Center’s Lilly-sponsored examine of faith and concrete tradition, the booklet appears at 3 concerns: the function of spiritual social prone inside Indianapolis’s greater social welfare help method, either private and non-private; the evolution of the connection among private and non-private welfare sectors; and the way rules approximately citizenship mediated the supply of social providers. Noting that non secular nonprofits don't determine prominently in such a lot experiences of welfare, Mapes explores the ancient roots of the connection among religiously affiliated social welfare and public businesses. Her procedure acknowledges that neighborhood edition has been a defining characteristic of yankee social welfare. A Public Charity goals to light up neighborhood tendencies and to narrate the location in Indianapolis to nationwide developments and events.

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During the Depression, the Wheeler Mission, an evangelical Protestant organization, used WPA labor, but once the New Deal was established, it broke its ties to public authorities. No prominent Protestant organizations followed the lead of Catholic Charities in making demands on public funds. The reasons were twofold. First, in a city dominated by Protestants, Protestant agencies did not see the need to protect their own. Second, Protestants tended to maintain a more traditional view of private agencies as self-supporting.

Their receptivity was no doubt heightened when they heard Katharine Lenroot speak to them about the ‘‘trend toward public financing and public support’’ at the May  meeting of the Indianapolis Council of Social Agencies. Lenroot, a representative from the national Children’s Bureau, had come to Indianapolis to galvanize support for President Franklin Roosevelt’s new Federal Emergency Relief Act, which provided federal money to states to pursue both work and direct relief. Arguing that ‘‘the social work program is no longer a matter of private funds’’ and ‘‘the way we provide for needs will determine whether American civilization will be a success, or go down into chaos and oblivion,’’ Lenroot put forth a strong rationale for growing federal responsibility.

Catholic leaders, both those who supported the welfare state and others who retained reservations about it, accepted the increase in public funds as an opportunity to expand their programs for Catholics. With public money from the Marion County Department of Public Welfare, Catholic Charities created an extensive foster care program and established a sound financial footing for its Marydale Home for troubled girls. In a city where religious divisions were strong and Catholics a minority, few in the Protestant majority questioned the right of Catholics to care for their own.

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