This piece questions whether is a role for the layman in social welfare. Using the example of the Jewish Social Bureau of Detroit, the author finds that private agency work requires a unique set of knowledge along with a need for much understanding and interpretation as a casework agency. The layman in the private agency field, even as the citizen in the public agency field creates the conditions within which the agency may function. The author concludes by proposing ways for board members to be integrated into the work of the agency by providing opportunities for securing knowledge, opportunities for participation in the work of the board for staff members, and opportunities to promote the agency, program, policy and development.
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Lakoff, Mrs C. Is There a Job for the Layman in Social Welfare?. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1948: