We found no Thanksgiving greeting to share on the blog this week, but the pamphlet described below should make us all very thankful that we are not currently dealing with a drug crisis like the one that surfaced in the 1960s and 1970s.
Federation faced the drug crisis head on, of course, with support for their clientele at community centers, support for staff throughout the Federation agencies, and in training and education.
This pamphlet describes an eight-week training workshop held in 1973 by and for “the Federations and the Staffs of their affiliated agencies” – meaning, the Catholic Charities of both Brooklyn and New York and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, as well as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. They pooled their resources and worked together through these workshops to “strengthen the competence of a cadre of well-trained intervention agents representing the … sponsoring Federations”.
Funded with a grant from the Greater New York Fund (now the United Way of New York), the participants were personnel in the Federations and their affiliated social service organizations, including professionals, para-professionals, lay volunteers and policy makers. The program director was Dr. Stanley Einstein, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Drug Abuse Education at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The contact at FJP was Herman L. Sainer.
A series of folders documenting the work of the committee that undertook the planning and running of these workshops can be found in the FJP subgroup, the community services division, the Family, Children’s, Vocational and Rehabilitation department, the files of Saul Hofstein, consultant.
Although the workshops took place in the spring, I find this example of inter-denominational collegiality to be a fitting example of how to work together to ease a community’s problems in the season of Thanksgiving.
Happy holiday to all.