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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Existing jobs are found mainly within the tribal government, Bureau of Indian Affairs, state social services, the school systems, and the Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital. Teen Vogue, "The Turtle Mountain Youth Council is Helping Chippewa Teens Find Their Voices," 11 Mar. 2019 The Chrysalis Center, based in Hartford , provides all of the social service needs for the Phelps Mansion, which is managed by Bellsite, LLC. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Local Veteran Finds Help, Reunites With Son," 6 June 2018 And is the social service’s U.S. audience still declining? Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter is growing again," 25 Apr. 2018 Without addressing the source — neurological trauma that cripples people — all the social service and job training programs in the world won't move a community forward. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Inspired by trauma care at hometown shelter, Milwaukee native finds way to honor mother," 10 Mar. 2018 The police and fire departments, public works, parks and recreation, social services and the libraries all received increases. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Budget Rises By $2.6 Million, Taxes Climb 2.4 Percent," 22 May 2018 Structured day program, which includes nursing, social services and restorative therapies, such as physical, occupational, and speech, meals and transportation, in a warm, caring and secured environment. Pam Kragen,, "Adult day centers offer caregivers a respite," 24 Apr. 2018 The Trump administration, encouraged by Israel, has expressed deep skepticism over the agency’s mission to provide education and social services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. Fadi Tawil, The Seattle Times, "UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time," 3 Sep. 2018 The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education, and social services costs. The Christian Science Monitor, "Federal judge orders for separated families to be reunited within 30 days," 27 June 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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