social service


Definition of social service

: an activity designed to promote social well-being specifically : organized philanthropic assistance (such as counseling, job training, or financial support) It operates like a mall with specialty shops, treating students like customers, or the adult clients of a social service, rather than as young people in need of an education for a worthy life. — Joseph Featherstone Most states are struggling with skimpy resources and a system of uncoordinated social services that is totally inadequate to serve a population of individuals whose needs are bottomless. — Constance Holden often used before another noun social service agencies a social service project

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The center, at 307 Placentia Ave. on the north end of the Hoag campus, houses a variety of nonprofit public health and social services agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Girls Inc., United Way and Serving People in Need. Hillary Davis,, "Hoag Hospital makes $3-million commitment toward potential homeless shelter as part of agreement with Newport Beach," 11 July 2019 The net effect of this would be a population undercount, and, therefore, a skewed understanding of which areas warrant additional representation in Congress, education funds, and social services. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 The saga dragged on for months, leaving former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to run the state through a series of executive orders that resulted in pain for social service providers and uncertainty for municipal leaders. Daniela Altimari,, "What’s in the $43 billion state budget that Gov. Lamont just signed?," 26 June 2019 Since 2008, American Express has set out to train, connect, and empower emerging changemakers across industries like education and social services before setting its sights on music in 2018. Kwasi Boadi, Billboard, "Rising Execs Eye a More Inclusive Industry at American Express' Women in Music Leadership Academy," 24 June 2019 Portman told reporters that law enforcement, drug treatment and social service providers around the state have told him of a rise in powerful methamphetamines called crystal meth making it into Ohio from Mexico. Sabrina Eaton,, "Sen. Rob Portman seeks funds to fight rising meth and cocaine deaths in Ohio," 20 June 2019 The full facility will include six buildings for inpatient residents, outpatient care, family reunification and other social services. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Google owner Alphabet is tackling the opioid crisis," 14 June 2019 The event raised $259,000 toward CDTC’s Primary Medical Center and Dental Clinic as well as social services for children with special health care needs. Krislyn Placide,, "Waterway Soiree raises $259,000 to benefit children with special health care needs," 13 June 2019 Goodman accuses the county of trying to dominate a collaborative of schools and social service providers it was supposed to be only one part of — through threats, tear-downs and an iron grip on the agenda. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "A county clash with ‘the collab’: Oustings, cut funding and charges of retaliation," 8 June 2019

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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