The family service agency of the early 1970s is charged with providing meaningful care for "whole people" rather than solving isolated problems. What is more, this holistic care can involve more direct involvement and intervention than has commonly been practiced in the past. Thus, Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia started the Main Line Project for Youth. A young college graduate engages Jewish teenage drug-users and introduces them to the family service setting. There, an experienced therapist works with the students, actively discussing their drug use and ultimately intending to hold sessions with parents and other family members. This approach, which targets primarily middle-class families, is a novel one that has enjoyed success, demonstrating the need for more such outreach across the country.
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Shapin, Edith. Reaching-Out in Delivering Service of a Family Agency. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1972: