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Acknowledgments

One acquires many debts while engaging in a major research project such as the one on which I report here. In this case, four debts in particular stand out. First, I am indebted to the hundreds of busy administrators of welfare-to-work programs who took time to <ll out a questionnaire they no doubt felt was overly long and sometimes ineptly worded. Many of them and their staffs also welcomed my associate researcher or me into their agencies, spent hours discussing their programs and their perspectives on them, and allowed us to observe much of what was going on. Without their wonderful and gracious cooperation, this research could never have been accomplished. Second, I wish to acknowledge the dedication and abilities of my associate researcher, Carolyn M. Mounts. She worked full-time for fourteen months on this project. Her tireless efforts in identifying welfare-to-work programs in four different cities, her work with the student assistants, and her traveling about the country to interview persons at various welfare-to-work programs were indispensable to the success of this project. She did all this with competence, ef<ciency, constant goodwill, and unfailing optimism during the inevitable ups and downs of the research. Third, the Smith Richardson Foundation's funding for this research project was indispensable. Without the foundation's support, neither the study nor this book could have been accomplished. I especially want to thank Dr. Phoebe Cottingham, former senior program of<cer at the foundation. She saw me through several drafts of my initial research proposal, and her interest in and commitment to this project were a major source of encouragement for me. This book and the study on which it is based are better for her efforts.

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Fourth, I desire to acknowledge the role played by my home institution, Pepperdine University, in the achievement of this project. Its president, Andrew Benton; the dean of the liberal arts college, David Baird; Geraldine Kennedy, formerly of the Of<ce of Corporate and Foundation Relations; and many of my colleagues were important in my being able to conduct this research and write this book. They gave me emotional support and encouragement, assisted in rearranging teaching schedules, and helped in the formulation of my thoughts and ideas. One of my colleagues, Khanh-Van T. Bui, deserves special mention because of her help with many of the statistical analyses in this book. There are many others whom I also need to thank. I think of Ann Annis of the Social Research Center at Calvin College, which handled the mailing of the questionnaires and the tabulating of the responses. Several Pepperdine students--Louis Dezseran, Emilie Wolff, Renee Brooks, and Larry Ballard--handled much of the tedious work of typing lists, checking information, and making calls to verify information. Jill Witmer Sinha, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student, helped to identify the Philadelphia welfare-to-work programs. To some degree, this has been a family project. My son, Martin Monsma, and my son-in-law, Patrick Flanagan, read the entire manuscript and suggested many useful improvements in the wording and >ow of ideas. I also want to thank my wife, Mary C. Monsma, who-- as she has done over the years on many different projects--supported me in my work. Finally, I desire to acknowledge my sister, Hester M. Monsma, who through the years has been a "best friend" and has encouraged me in this and many other projects that I--sometimes wisely and sometimes foolishly--have taken on. I dedicate this book to her.

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