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KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.

Community Organizing Concepts and Principles: Rebuilding Holyoke From the Ground Up
Chapter 2 community organizing concepts and principles

Gina Travor was beaming when she hung up the phone. “Isaac, youʼre not going to believe it,” she hollered to her roommate, who was just headed to bed after working a double shift.

“The president of the Rosebaum Apartment Tenant’s Council offered me a job—a real job in my field. Iʼve been hired as the primary consultant and director of the newly established ‘Rejuvenate Holyoke’ community organization.”

Before he could stop himself, Isaac responded, “Holyoke? Seriously, Gina, why would you want to return to one of the worst neighborhoods in the city?” As soon as the words were out, he regretted it.

“Isaac, have you ever considered thinking before you ...

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