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have been the most significant changes in human services over the past 50 years? How has society’s responsibility to individual needs changed in the last 10 years? What do you think the role of human service workers will be in the future?
Over the past 50 years, human services workers have been able to offer a wider variety of services to a larger service population. Food and work used to be the two major focus areas for assistance in human services, but this has changed as the global face of need has changed. A greater number of people are in need and they need more things than ever before in our recent history. People today need clothing, food, shelter, medical services and safe haven for a vast population. The demand for these basic services will continue to increase as more people are forced out of their homes. People in cities are particularly at risk, since individuals and families that are destitute or underemployed in cities do not have many resources and remain largely anonymous. They adapt to this marginal lifestyle and this causes long term negative effects on their health and circumstances as well as degrading society as a whole. The needs of people have changed significantly over the past 50 years, and in increasingly startling numbers over the past 10 years. Needs have shifted from food and shelter to food, shelter, safe haven, medical assistance, childcare, disability assistance, housing assistance, clothing, training, mental health care, and so forth. As the cost of living has escalated, these problems have increased exponentially. Minimum wage and most hourly wages do not cover the cost of living in most areas. This is true in both rural and urban settings. All of the basic needs that keep people productive and thriving in society are becoming beyond the reach of the common man. In the United States, the decline of the middle class into poverty has affected the ability of individuals to meet their needs for rent, utilities, food and health care. Many people have to make horrible choices, such as whether to provide their family with electrical service and food or whether to provide a child with medication. Society’s responsibility has increased along with these problems. It is not possible to say that we are not responsible for those around us who have fallen on hard times. It is also more difficult for those providing assistance in our society to afford to do so. Churches, family members and friends and human service agencies all have their own shortfalls in funds. This makes socially based human services all that much more critical today than in the past. They type of services has changed accordingly. Medical and mental health human service providers cannot meet the demand for services that has escalated in the past 10 years. Increased personal abuse and violent crime have correspondingly increased the need for support services such as safe haven and counseling. Everyone needs help now it seems. The availability of funds in communities nationwide has reached critically low levels. In the future, human services workers will need a high level of training to accomplish the wide variety of tasks they will face each day. Case workers will need to be increased to meet the demands made upon them. The increase in both the type of services needed and the number of people needing services are the most significant changes that we see over this period. Human services organizations today offer housing, medical care, food and food services, day care, child development services, disability assistance, care for the elderly, preventative care, parental training, safe haven for abused individuals and collaborative community services that coordinate all the service providers. This is a short selection of the actual services provided currently. Drastically increased unemployment, underemployment and the accompanying changes in society as a whole make the demand for services increase in both scope and breadth. When people put off seeking health and mental health care, their conditions deteriorate and they become less likely to be able to work and to support their families, and they also take longer to get well again. Simple luxuries like movies or dinner out with the family are farther out of reach for most people. This means that society as a whole becomes burdened with providing services for health and mental health care, food and other welfare needs. Community centers are overburdened with those in need. Transportation for those being served and for those seeking work will become a service need locally for human service organizations.
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This does not bode well for the future of our community. where medical care is available and where their children can receive a good education.S. This is due both to increases in life expectancy and in the baby boom population outstripping the current population growth. These vehicles are diesel or hybrid cars. Churches are one source of these types of drug counseling and assistance programs. Migrants worldwide depend largely on services provided by human services organizations as they move into new locations and try to establish a life in a new. It has become a way of life and helps people feel that they are helpless. Human services . Drug abuse is becoming a way of life for many people. healthy. People will need transportation so that they can get needed services and so that they can get to jobs. It is hard to help people get out of poverty and to become productive. This issue will continue to affect our society and our ability to provide human services in the coming decade. every 29 seconds. I think that rising immigration the trend that will have the greatest impact on human services delivery here in the United States. it is my opinion that drug abuse is the single most destructive demographic trend affecting change in the U. I have lived in my current neighborhood for 25 years. I found a website that shows cars that are efficient and economical and can end up using less gas because they are built on small. This is true in Austin. This indicates that need outstrips service availability.S. The drug problem has reached epidemic proportions in our community.S. The site is: http://www. Since gas prices are escalating even more than other costs. today. affect us all. is also at such a high level that it affects our society and our ability to provide services. Issues of this population future status in this country will impact our society as a whole. Census Bureau estimates that one new person immigrates into the U. and most of the people that I know have been involved in drugs in some way. This continued growth and our overall aging population will continue to create greater need for human services workers. which is Texas. Human services can help people in communities such as mine to become empowered to make change and to find ways to improve their circumstances. including rising crime. I come into contact with a great number of illegal Mexican immigrants. which demographic trends do you expect to have the greatest impact on human services delivery in the United States in the next 10 years? Which of these demographic trends do you expect to have the greatest impact on your city or state in the next 10 years? Explain your answer.cars. I think that transportation will be a great issue in future human services provision. light weight frames. This has to be true in other areas of the country as well. In the next 10 year. During the coming decade. These units are being constructed closer to the city limits. The increase in drug abuse in the U. transportation out of poor areas is becoming a bigger issue. where more people are residing in low income apartments and housing developments. There are not many people working in my community. • Post your response to the following: With respect to the changing nature of the United States. strange place. Changes in demographics have many hidden causes. The mental and physical stresses of this problem and the accompanying abuses that result. Where I live.• Due Date: Day 4 [post to the Main forum] • Search the University Library or the Internet for reputable news sources to identify demographic trends in the United States. Centers such as church groups have very long waiting lists since the problem is so bad. Many use drugs and have been in jail as a result. since it is crucial for the residents here to be able to access city services and jobs. people will have to be able to travel and get to areas where work is available. This problem will not be easy to solve. thriving members of society when they are facing a serious drug problem every day.jsp?section=P&content=rel&date=20050111. The U. After much consideration. but it has to be resolved or our society will crumble further. A secondary factor that bears heavily on need for human services is the aging population. Individuals over the age of 65 are increasing in numbers that are disproportionate to increases in the younger population. Each of the issues that bring about demographic changes have to be examined to determine where human services can be provided and what creative ideas can be employed so that more people can become self sufficient again. They often see it as the only response they can make to a stressful situation which they cannot control. Gas prices are just one of them.com/go/about/us. The stresses and educational status of our current population adds to this problem.S.
workers and well-funded human services agencies and organizations are the way that these issues have to be addressed. Human service providers. since people cannot currently afford to address them directly themselves. adequate food and education are all necessary to help communities overcome these problems. Medical and mental health support. organizations. . social support. We will be forced to deal with these issues sooner rather than later. Addiction is an epidemic that is continuing to get worse and taking a huge toll on our society. shelter. governments and the funders for these groups are working to address them now.
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