On December 2, President Bush participated in a roundtable discussion with children of prisoners and their mentors in Greensboro, North Carolina, to talk about how their lives have changed after being matched through the President's Mentoring Children of Prisoners Initiative (MCP). In the interest of these children and their communities, President Bush established MCP in 2003 to work with hundreds of faith-based and community organizations to recruit and train mentors to provide guidance and support to some of our Nation's most vulnerable children. We have exceeded our goal for this program by matching more than 110,000 children with mentors so far, and we continue to make progress.
On December 5, the OFBCI convened its final event in a two-year Compassion in Action series with the "Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurship" roundtable discussion. Hosted by OFBCI Acting Director Jedd Medefind, the event spotlighted the philanthropic work of enterprising young Americans to serve needs within their neighborhoods and around the world. Read Full Press Release
On Friday, October 3, 2008, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI), in partnership with the OneStar Foundation in Dallas, hosted the Initiatives 40th and final regional conference of the Bush Administration, delivering training and resources to hundreds of Texas nonprofits. Joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston, the Partnership Summit to Advance Innovation and Community Impact highlighted effective Federal partnerships with Texas faith-based and community organizations to address needs ranging from addiction and prisoner reentry to HIV/AIDS and homeless. By building the capabilities of nonprofits and extending their work through government resources, the FBCI empowers locally built solutions to community challenges. Read Full Press Release
On January 12, the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) released Innovations in Compassion -- The Faith-Based and Community Initiative: A Final Report to the Armies of Compassion. The report details the accomplishments of the Presidents FBCI through new and creative partnerships with the armies of compassion to address needs from addiction and homelessness here at home to HIV/AIDS in Africa. Through these grassroots partnerships, the principles advanced by Presidents Faith-Based and Community Initiative have impacted the lives of millions battling poverty, disease and other social ills. Read Full Report