We talked on Tuesday to Jim Toohey. He is Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Mr. Toohey shared with us the he has been trying for some time to open a PA office to provide assistance to faith based non-profit groups in securing federal funds .
Sen. Rick Santourm has been a supporter of the idea, but Gov. Rendell has continued to say no to any office, support or assistance. To me that's a big story. These funds can't be used to preach. They are not limited to only Christian organizations, but they most certainly could be used to in social service programs that happen to be run by any faith based group.
Why is Gov. Rendell making it difficult for these groups to obtain available funds to support soup kitchens, homeless shelters, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, job training and family support?
In comparison, most of these privately run, faith based programs show much better results than any government run welfare programs.
Toohey was saying that Governor's in 31 states now have these offices up and running, but not here in PA. We need to get this story out and get answers from Gov. Rendell as to why he is opposed to helping faith based programs.