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Findings to be Released 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, Md.
NCC’S NATIONAL SURVEY OF FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS EXPLORES
STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES OF WELFARE REFORM AS REAUTHORIZATION NEARS

WHAT: The National Council of Churches – the nation’s leading ecumenical organization -- will release findings of its nationwide survey of faith-based organizations on the impact of the 1996 "Welfare Reform," coming up for reauthorization in 2002. Respondents included social service providers and advocates from the NCC’s 36 mainline Protestant and Orthodox member denominations and from state and local ecumenical and interfaith programs.

WHEN/WHERE: News Briefing, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, Minnesota Room, National 4-H Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

OCCASION: The Feb. 14-16 national "Consultation on the Reauthorization of TANF and Related Programs" (i.e. the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program, the Food Stamp Program and the Child Care and Development Block Grant). More than 120 participants will recommend a "platform" for the advocacy work of the National Council of Churches, its member denominations and their 50 million adherents, in collaboration with state and local religious and secular partners, as TANF and related programs come up for reauthorization in 2002.

The consultation is one piece of the NCC’s broader, 10-year "Poverty Mobilization," launched in November 2000 and exploring initiatives in such areas as health care, children, environment, education and housing, all with the aim of identifying achievable goals for combating poverty in the United States.

OTHER SESSIONS OF INTEREST: Plenaries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Details follow.

LOCALIZE THIS STORY!  We've identified several Washington, D.C., faith-based providers of social services who would welcome reporters/crews anytime this week.  If you want to contact them -- a good way to put a local, human face on this story! -- contact the NCC News Department, 212-870-2227 or news@ncccusa.org

DETAILS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, PROGRAM*
National Council of Churches Consultation on Reauthorization of TANF and Related Programs
National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, Md.

9:00 a.m. -- Setting the Legislative Scene for 2001-2002

10:30 a.m. -- A Variety of Perspectives

11:30 a.m. – A National Evaluation of TANF

2:00 p.m. - State Case Studies

* The consultation begins Wednesday 4 p.m. with worship and continues through 4 p.m. Friday. Apart from sessions listed here, consultation participants will be in small groups and working plenaries.

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