The Biblical design of care for the needy is that it was first the responsibility of the family, then the church and then the community at large. In today's culture the process has been reversed. The family in need is often referred to a social service program and the community is expected to provide the services and shoulder the expenses of the programs through taxes. Many progressive churches provide some resources, but at times reserve them for their members exclusively or coordinate outreach programs on a limited basis. The church is not always aware of the resources available in the community and may not be prepared to provide the counseling or financial resources needed to support the needy. Many families live away from their extended family and our culture supports the concept that adults should be functional and independent without extended family support. Please discuss your thoughts on the responsibility of the family, the church and the community to meet the needs of those in need (i.e., poverty, homelessness, domestic violence or child abuse, and so on). If you attend a church that has outreach programs please discuss the population they are designed to reach and how services are provided. If you work within a care providing system please discuss how that system works within the community to meet the needs of the population.
This is a very interesting topic, and it is something I have been in close contact with because some members of my family run a nursing home/care facility. There are several issues that enter in to this particular discussion. First off, different cultures have different value systems around this. Some cultures would never place family members into a nursing home because they feel it is their responsibility to care for their elders no matter what. However, for other cultures (predominantly white), this is not the case. When you think about Native American culture, their elders are held in the highest regard and often live with their family members who take care of them; this is often true of Hispanic culture as well. This is looked at as a duty--the elders raised their family members and now they must take care of their elders. However, in other cultures, it is more often the case that elderly/those who need care are placed into an assisted living situation/nursing home. This can be for a number of reasons: the older person does not want to burden family members to care for him/her; the family members may not be skilled enough to care for the older person's needs; the family members may not want to take on another ...
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