Over the next few weeks, I’d like to introduce you to some folks whose work is key to facilitating faith-based and neighborhood partnerships with the Federal Government. These individuals serve as Directors of Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships within various Federal agencies. From the work that is being done to address hunger with local groups by Max Finberg at the Department of Agriculture Center, to efforts by Rev. E. Terri LaVelle to reduce homelessness among veterans as the Director at the Veterans Affairs Center, these introductions will provide a snapshot of how the White House is working with Federal agencies to empower local organizations.
As important as these Federal Centers are to the work of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, relatively few people know about the work of the Centers or how they interact with our office. Here are a few facts about these offices:
This structure is unique, and enables our Office to collaborate better across government, as well as with community groups throughout the country.
In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting our Centers and the fantastic work they are doing throughout the Federal Government. You can connect with these Center Directors on our website.
Joshua Dubois is the Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships