The Working Poor

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It’s difficult to imagine how some people hold multiple jobs to support themselves or their families and still struggle on day to day basis. The saying the rich get’s richer and poor gets poorer has never been so evident in today’s society. Let’s begin by explaining what poor is? According to (Encarta English Dictionary 2006) poor is explained as someone “lacking money, material possessions, unemployed and insecure”. Poor is also divided into two distinctive groups, the deserving and the undeserving poor (Levine & Rizvi, 2005, p.38). “The deserving poor are poor through no fault of their own but as a result of a disability, loss of employment, and economical change”. “The undeserving poor are poor because of their own interpersonal skills, …show more content…

R. Mubarak Ali, 2008). Social workers explore options and make informed choices and can refer those in need to other appropriate organisations if necessary. In addition social workers are skilled in empowering those who have low self esteem, no motivation, how to handle stress and depression better, how to communicate and handle challenges, financial counselling, job searching and many more. As can be seen above social workers work in many different areas and offer a variety of different services to their clients. However the focus of this paper is how they achieve best results in trying to help the poor with the knowledge they have acquired.
“A key goal of social workers is empowerment” as put in plain words by (Zastrow, SOAD reading pack, 2008). Empowerment is “to give somebody greater sense of self esteem” as recorded in (Encarta dictionary, 2007). The worker should have an optimistic attitude towards to the client’s difficulties. Regardless of what the problems may be. The worker ought to assist the client to recognise that change is possible. The worker can also act as an advocate on behalf of the client if that client has been rejected for extra government funding, housing trust home, help with child care, and basic household needs and etc. In Addition help is provided in trying to gain employment, free training/courses and/or rehabilitation for drug/alcohol abuse if necessary.

Furthermore the worker should put in place an appropriate


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