Family of Woodstock, Inc. Paper
Factors that led the founders to create Family of Woodstock
The Family of Woodstock, a social service agency, was founded by those individuals who felt that certain factors presented the opportunity for them the start a social service agency as a direct result of the Woodstock Festival held in a town approximately 100 mile from their location. Many of those who attended the Woodstock Festival brought little, if any, personal belongings or food with them. They were sleeping in parks and spent time hunting down food and/or shelter. In many cases, the attendees were looking for shelter, food, and clothing.
How the values, attitudes, and beliefs of this organization developed and changed over a 40-year period, and how these changes affected the way we deliver services.
It is very difficult to prepare an organization as well as to understand the needs of the people. A person has to have the heart to be able to help others in need; otherwise, that person will not be able to fully assist others. The community came together with one resident offering her home as well as her telephone service to prevent the festival attendees from roaming through the area and possibly being arrested for vagrancy. This began the Family of Woodstock whose mission is “to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency’s vision allows us to bring to bear resources to address a broad spectrum of human problems.” (Family of Woodstock, 2014). The people in need are the people that inspired the founders to open the organization. The founders had to learn and understand why so many teens and young adults had decided to run away or to escape the confines of the world they had been living in. Listening to their reasons and to understand why is what helped them plan an organization that would be able to assist them...