Comparative analysis of faith-based programs serving homeless and street-living youth in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi

Kristin M. Ferguson, Neela Dabir, Karl Dortzbach, Grace Dyrness, Donna Spruijt-Metz

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Abstract

This study sought to determine which faith elements exist in faith-based programs for homeless and street-living youth in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi and how these concepts are defined according to staff and youth clients. Descriptions of client outcomes across programs are also explored. Quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews were conducted with 22 staff and 11 clients from 11 faith-based programs for homeless youth in Los Angeles. In Mumbai and Nairobi, 6 staff and 12 youth were interviewed from 3 faith-based programs in each city. Findings reveal similarities across cities in services, faith components and client outcomes. Differences are noted in the influence of the socio-political context on service provision. Recommendations are offered to guide faith-based organizations in designing and improving services for homeless and street-living youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1512-1527
Number of pages16
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume28
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Faith-based organization
  • Homeless
  • International
  • Outcomes
  • Religion
  • Street children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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