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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And though several states only implement automatic registration through the DMV, New Jersey’s law does it through at least a dozen other social service agencies as well. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 There was a list of contacts for social service agencies. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Displaced Puerto Ricans can fly home or stay in Florida with no FEMA housing. They're staying.," 30 June 2018 Staff said the children, who are mostly from Guatemala, typically spend between 42 and 45 days at the facility, which is operated by a Lutheran social services organization contracted by the government. Washington Post, "First lady visits migrant children housed in Texas," 21 June 2018 For this exhibition, These Days has teamed up with United American Indian Involvement, a social services organization, to showcase vernacular photography that chronicles the organization’s early days near Skid Row. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Intimate paintings of queer men, African blacksmiths' ironworks and an indispensable assistant's exhibit," 31 May 2018 Her mother is a caregiver in the residential program at Friends of Children with Special Needs, a social services organization in Fremont, Calif. Mr. Barchick, 31, is a third-year medical student at Duke. New York Times, "Christine Hu, Stephen Barchick," 29 Apr. 2018 These will include walks in downtown Cleveland, nature centers in Shaker Heights and Parma and a tour of the East End Neighborhood House, a social services organization on Cleveland's East Side. Emily Bamforth,, "Second year of Common Ground conversations expands, adds neighborhood walk series," 2 Apr. 2018 Kafoury has pushed shelters like the one slated for Foster, which are located near large populations of homeless people that are more walkable or accessible on public transportation and are big enough to house some social services inside. Molly Harbarger,, "Portland developer offers to turn Wapato Jail into homeless shelter as current offer comes to vote," 3 Apr. 2018 Her teams will coordinate with others fielded by the city of Long Beach, the county Department of Mental Health and the social services agency PATH, covering an area stretching from Inglewood to Long Beach. Doug Smith,, "Homeless outreach teams ready to bring services to the streets," 14 May 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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