Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Providing Relief and Recovery Services After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. General Structure of the Report


The report is organized into three main sections, followed by technical appendices:

  • Part I presents the findings of the telephone survey of FBCOs that provided relief and recovery services in the Gulf Coast region after the hurricanes. The analysis includes
    • types and characteristics of FBCOs that participated in the survey;
    • types of services provided;
    • number and types of clients served;
    • use of paid staff and volunteers in the relief and recovery efforts;
    • types of networks and collaborations formed;
    • monetary costs of providing relief and recovery services and the sources of this financial support; and
    • a summary of key findings.
  • Part II presents the findings of the in-depth case studies. The analysis includes
    • general characteristics of the eight cases;
    • snapshot portraits of each case and how the stories unfolded;
    • the mechanics of response (that is, services provided, staffing, funding, communications, individual and organizational expertise, networks and collaborations);
    • major issues, including catalysts for response, accountability, equity, life cycles and sustainability of the response, and relation to the traditional disaster relief networks and other human service providers; and
    • a summary of key findings.
  • Part III presents overall conclusions and lessons learned from the study. In particular, the discussion identifies catalysts for response, promising avenues for strengthening collaboration and coordination among local FBCOs and government relief agencies, and the challenges and limitations likely to be encountered in these arrangements.
  • Two appendices provide additional technical information. Appendix A details the telephone survey methodology, and Appendix B reproduces the telephone survey questionnaire.

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