Promoting Social Justice and Protecting the Environment
Summary Points: Almeada’s Case
· Both Almeada and baby Anne experience problems in living because their needs for adequate food, housing, and education are not met. · Almeada’s world is complex, and she had little support from her family during her pregnancy and after Anne’s birth. · Self-sufficiency was easier for Almeada when she was working, but her needs soon outgrew her resources. · Social care provided Almeada with several choices to continue her education. · Social control was not part of Almeada’s case history because she maintained her independence throughout the pregnancy. · Following Anne’s birth, Almeada continued to work, moved, and found a new job rather than receive rehabilitative services.
The story of Almeada’s struggles and need for assistance is just one of many about individuals who cannot meet their own needs without assistance from others. A common element seen in all human services is that these services help individuals, families, and groups with their problems. There would be little need for these services if people did not need assistance and support from others. The term human services encompasses the variety of helping services that address the range of problems that people experience.
The themes and purposes of human services—problems in living, the growing number of problems, self-sufficiency, and social care, social control, and rehabilitation—contribute to a definition of human services. Examining the contributions of different disciplines also helps define human services.
Promoting social justice and protecting the environment.
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