Chapter 1 from the book Caught in the Storm deals with small social service agency, Helping Hands. It focuses mainly on its Executive Director, Martha, who does her best to keep it running and find the new ways of funding it.
The authors begin the story with Martha’s routine everyday way to work, when she sees the critical condition of the neighborhood she grew up in and where she works now. Martha’s agency provides financial assistance to low-income families etc. The authors describe poor financial of the agency, with its constant lack of money to cover all their needs.
The authors show that Martha worked in this area for a long time. Her team changed better paying jobs with lots of opportunities to succeed financially, for the jobs they have at Helping Hands. Every member of Martha’s crew is unique, offering unbeatable ideas and creating outstanding projects to work with. Martha’s assistant Julia helps her to prepare to the meeting with the board. The question to be discussed is the funding of the RFP(Request For Proposal), which can become a totally new funding opportunity for her organization.
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Authors tell us a bit about every member of Martha’s team, leading to the point when the group discussion of the RFP takes place. They work as a team to come up with the best ideas for the board to approve their project. Board is described briefly, with some details of every board member’s appearance and background, as to underline the importance of each of them to the local community. The board has a short debate with Martha, questioning her regarding the future project, its possible outcomes, its benefits or potential damage to the financial welfare of the town. RFP finds both its supporters and opponents, but Martha eventually makes her position firm enough and reasonably proved. The board members have no other choice as to agree to this project.
Chapter 1 briefly describes one episode of Helping Hands routine day. The authors emphasize that people show love and compassion to the others, working at Helping Hands.
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