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Gertrude Weil - Social Service - Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service

This Report to the Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service demonstrates many of Weil's beliefs and goals regarding social service work. In addition to providing direct assistance to needy families and individuals, Weil believed strongly that changes must be made to the social and economic systems to prevent desperate cases from arising in the future. She wished her organization's work to be not simply palliative, but of long-term significance.
Excerpts from Gertrude Weil's Annual Report as President of the Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service - page 1, excerpt A
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Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service
Headquarters, Memorial Community Building, Telephone 580

Goldsboro, N.C.

Excerpts from Gertrude Weil's Annual Report as President of the Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service - page 1, excerpt B
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...The very nature of our work precludes publicity and advertising. If there are unfortunates who need material help to put them on their feet, if there are families who need outside aid in adjusting themselves to difficult conditions, if a person finds himself out of a job, it is our part to render the needed aid. The more efficient we are the less we are heard of. However, our work has gone on progressively during the past year...
Excerpts from Gertrude Weil's Annual Report as President of the Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service - page 2
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...As a charity organization extending its records of activities over a period of more than forty years it seems to me not enough that we help the helpless or temporarily incapacitated to help themselves. While their physical, moral, and finacial needs must be met, it is most important that we also inquire into the causes of poverty and dependence. When our records show three generations of the same family among our clients we are forced to question whether our methods have been effectual in solving our problem. How can we solve the problem of poverty, how can we prevent it, until we have found its causes and eliminated them? When Jesus said many years ago, “The poor ye have always with you”, it was said as a simple statement of actual fact, not as a mandate of what must ever be. One of our ideals is to make it less and less a fact as the world goes on and as social consciousness developes among us. It is not enough to eliminate one case of poverty after another but to eliminate poverty itself. My point is that this Bureau of Social Service must look beyond the immediate problem of the special case to the underlying physical and social conditions that lead to dependence and maladjustment...
Excerpts from Gertrude Weil's Annual Report as President of the Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service - page 4
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...In reviewing the work of the year it seems to me that perhaps the most notable feature has been the extension and strengthening of the work among the colored people. This work, begun last year, has been ably continued under the direction of Col. John D. Langston, chairman of the committee on Colored Work, and by the case worker, Marian Nicholas. It has reached more of the people than before, both as clients and supporters. Last year … of the negro people raised $631.34 for the support of the work; this year … have contributed $ . This shows an increasing interest and sense of responsibility in carrying their own burdens. The time is past when any one believes that when two races live side by side the welfare of one is not affected by the welfare of the other. Any help given the colored people to help themselves is not only an act of justice to the negroes but of benefit to the whites as well. It is this attitude of mind and its resulting policies that must create an interracial relation of friendliness and co-operation...

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrude Weil - Social Service - Goldsboro Bureau of Social Service." (Viewed on September 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/weil/social-service/goldsboro-bureau-of-social-service>.

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