- In the eyes of social workers, poverty is viewed and tackled as a systemic issue and is believed to be caused by the structural make of the society impoverished people live in. Because of the systemic aspect, it is a fact that those who are considered as being placed on the “lower rung” of society (like single mothers and people of color) are more likely to be impoverished (DiNitto & Aaron 305).
- The goal of social workers is to help individuals and families escape from poverty or avoid it all together. This can be done by social workers tackling child poverty, providing education and job training programs, and giving access to public assistance programs so these people can get back up on their feet, or at least have access to basic human needs (DiNitto & Aaron 304). 3. Those who suffer from the effects of institutional racism are more likely to attend poor performing or underfunded schools, live in unsafe neighborhoods with fewer opportunities for youth betterment, and, ultimately, suffer a childhood and adulthood of poverty. Social workers have recognized the connection between institutional racism and poverty, and their efforts to combat these issues have not been helped by the minimal efforts by the government (DiNitto & Aaron 300). 4. Social workers are here to help people help themselves, and empowerment is such an important aspect of helping those who are impoverished. Teaching people how to advocate for themselves and their communities and getting involved in public policy are factors which can help those who are impoverished meet their needs (DiNitto & Aaron 305).
DiNitto, Diana M., and Carl Aaron. McNeece. Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. Print.