Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has established a new Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships to address religious issues and matters of interest to the state’s religious communities.
The new council will work on issues related to crime, poverty, violence and homelessness, identifying unmet needs and working to avoid duplications of services.
“This new council recognizes the significance of faith-based organizations in addressing many significant social needs, and will work to establish partnerships between government agencies and faith-based organizations to help fight poverty, expand access to health care, promote education and improve public safety,” according to a Markell press release.
The Democratic governor was joined in support for the council by Joshua DuBois, executive director of President Barack Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
“On behalf of President Obama, I thank you for bringing this council to fruition,” DuBois said in a statement. “While government is critically important, government alone will never solve the problems facing our communities.
“We have to connect and partner with faith-based and non-profit organizations,” he said. “Families will be able to better access services in improved ways because of this council.”