1995 - Dr. Ram Cnaan secures funding to take the first-ever
census of Congregations in Philadelphia. The census is
the most comprehensive study ever to take inventory of
social service programs available through local
1997 - The Program for the study of Organized
Religion and Social Work was developed by Dr. Ram
Cnaan at the University of Pennsylvania's School of
Social Work. Research on the topic of religion and
social work was scarce and Dr. Cnaan recognized a
great need for quality research, especially in light
of the social and political climate.
1999 - The book, "The Newer Deal" written by Dr. Ram Cnaan,
with Dr. Robert Wineburg, and Stephanie Boddie is
published by Columbia University Press on the topic of
the partnership of social work and religion.
- A new class on religion and social work is
developed and taught at the University of
Pennsylvania's School of Social Work. "Practicing
and Managing Social Work in Religious Contexts"
brings to light the neglected yet important issue of
the role of religion in social work practice, and
helps bridge the gap.
2000 - The
Program hosts a conference for congregational
leaders in Philadelphia. "Empowering to Build
Healthy Congregations- Growth adn Vision Conference"
helped equip congregations to secure funding so they
could continue doing what they are good at- meeting
the needs of the community.
2002 - The book, "The Invisible Caring Hand", written by Dr.
Ram Cnaan, with Stephanie Boddie, Femida Handy, Robert
Schneider, and Gaynor Yancey is published by NewYok
2002 - The Program wins a grant from the Compassion Capital
Fund to evaluate the impact of a faith-based program for
at-risk youth. This faith and community based
demonstration project will be carried out by the North
Philadelphia Cluster of United Methodist Churches, which
consists of eight churches.
2002 - Dr. Ram
Cnaan begins writing a new book based on the data
collected from the congregational survey, entitled
"The Other Philadelphia Story".
2004 - Program for the Study of Organized
Religion and Social Work changes its name to Program
for Religion and Social Policy Research (PRSPR)