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Social Workers Name Student Debt #1 Social Malady

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 14, 2019 7:23:00 AM

We recently conducted an informal poll of the social workers we deal with every day and asked them what they thought was the #1 social malady threatening the country today. Their answer might surprise you; more than the opioid epidemic; more than veterans affairs; more than homelessness; more than woman’s rights; more than economic imbalance; more than education issues; more than civil rights; more than the environment; the problem that was cited more than any other was – STUDENT DEBT!

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Topics: Government, social, education, student debt, social workers

How Sharing Info Between Government Agencies Creates Better Outcomes

Posted by Dave Becker on Oct 7, 2019 7:45:00 AM

 

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Topics: Government, FAMCare, HIPAA Compliant, collaboration, government software solutions

Shout Out to Community Development Corporations

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 2, 2019 9:25:22 PM

Where have all the CDCs gone? For decades, Community Development Corporations tackled some of America’s most challenging problems: neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, community economic development, workforce development and job creation, financial empowerment and food access.

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Topics: Government, nonprofit funding, nonprofit, social workers, civic leaders, federal funding, social justice, Community Development Corporations

Balance of Power: the Economics of Social Justice

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 9, 2019 8:21:00 AM

Henry Ford, not the US Labor Bureau, instituted the first major increase in the minimum wage. In January 1914, Henry started paying his auto workers a remarkable $5 a day. Doubling the average wage helped ensure a stable workforce and likely boosted sales since the workers could now afford to buy the cars they were making. It laid the foundation for an economy driven by consumer demand. 

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Topics: Government, social workers, social justice, American unions

Mass Incarceration in America

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 28, 2019 7:27:57 PM

How did the United States, with 5% of the global population but 25% of its prisoners, become home to the largest prison system in the history of the world? Some say it’s an accomplishment. The U.S. is a law and order country and our criminal justice system is the envy of the world. Others feel quite differently and suggest that the “war on drugs” led to the mass incarceration of two generations of the urban poor.

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Topics: Government, criminal justice, human services, social workers, civic leaders, Mass incarceration in America,, Elizabeth Hinton

Female Veterans: Suffering in Silence

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 7, 2019 7:30:00 AM

When the draft ended in 1973, women represented just 2% of the enlisted forces and 8% of the officer corps. Today, those numbers are 16% and 18% respectively, a significant increase. Historically, the Air Force has had the highest percentage of enlisted and officer women, however, by 2016 the Navy had nearly caught up. In both services, approximately one-in-five enlisted members and officers are women. The military offers many opportunities for women such as good pay, excellent benefits and career advancement, but there are also significant challenges.

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, mental health, social workers, Suicide prevention, what social workers do, women veterans, female veterans

Create Efficient Collaboration with the Right Government Software Solutions

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 8, 2019 7:25:00 AM

We are in an unprecedented stretch of strong economic conditions where where there are more jobs then job applicants. Yet, there are still many children and families who are suffering and in need of government agency help. So many, in fact, that human services caseworkers often still feel overwhelmed by heavy caseloads and the accompanying paperwork.

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Topics: Government, Case Studies, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, human services, case load, social services software, social services, human services software, government software solutions

The End of Newspapers? Nonprofit to the Rescue

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 1, 2019 11:06:06 AM

A Cultural Collapse

A comprehensive study of newspapers in the United States found that 516 rural newspapers closed or merged from 2004 to 2018. In metropolitan areas, 1,294 newspapers were shuttered during the period, making a national total of 1,810 papers that ceased publication. 

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Topics: Government, Nonprofit General, education, nonprofit, newspapers

Crisis at the Border: No Villains,  Many Victims

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 28, 2019 9:46:14 AM

Arrested in January 2018 for illegally harboring and transporting undocumented immigrants, Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths (also known as No Más Muertes), stood trial on three felony counts in early June. He faced 20 years in prison for his efforts to provide food, water and other essential items to migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Arizona, an area of the border that is considered particularly dangerous. About 250 migrants die there each year. On June 11, 2019, a Tucson jury, with an 8 to 4 vote, failed to convict Dr. Warren.

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Topics: Government, human services, hungry children, food and shelter, Crisis at the border, immigration, No More Deaths, Dr. Scott Warren

Memorial Day Memo: Remember Those Lost. Help Those Still Here.

Posted by GVT Admin on May 30, 2019 10:53:56 AM

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, social workers, Memorial Day, Suicide prevention

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