Bush eases the way for faith-based organizations

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On January 29, 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order creating the White House (OFBCI) and directed five government agencies, (the Departments of Justice, Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development), to establish their own respective offices, or "Centers", within 45 days of the executive order. President Bush's initiative will identify and eliminate regulatory, contracting and other obstacles to the participation of faith-based groups in the delivery of social services.

In part, the OFBCI's function is to knock down "unnecessary legislative, regulatory, and other bureaucratic barriers that impede effective faith-based and other community efforts to solve social problems." The OFBCI will also draft new legislation and generally act as an advocate for the cause.

Faith-based organizations interested in applying for federal funding should contact the agency running the program they are interested in directly. To obtain contact information for federal agencies, visit www.FirstGov.com, the "Official Web site for searching the U.S. government." The President's January announcement is available on the site.

To qualify the organization must have a proven track record of service in the community.

The funds will not be available to start or improve church worship or attendance.

Rev. Wyatt A. Matthews
Wyatt A. Matthews Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 14066
Humble, TX 77347-4066
E-mail chaplain_1@msn.com
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