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The Helping
Triangle
developed in this chapter is what NAME=”ehsm_OLE_LINK95″>and Castelloe call an
organic model, “…one developed
primarily through active participation in social life rather than independence from
social life ”  In the
Introduction, we saw how people helping people represents human services at
their most basic level. You see someone in distress and decide to do what you
can to help. Perhaps you recruit a few of your friends to pitch in and help
too. Usually this ad hoc human services provision works fine and you and your
friends move on with your lives. Sometimes, though, this generous level of help
is insufficient. There are more people needing help than you and your friends
can manage, you have other priorities, you do not have the resources needed to
provide the help people need. Instead of just walking away, you decide to
create a human services agency with sufficient resources to provide the needed
help on an ongoing basis. Help will be there for the people who need it, when
they need it, for as long as they need it.


Perhaps this does not seem like anything you
will do or can do. If asked If not you,
then who?
You answer They will.
This clearly puts you with the majority. Most people do not notice the distress
of others and most of those who do simply walk away. The good news is a few
people do notice and a few of those who notice choose not to walk away. If you
are among those who choose not to walk away, understanding the Helping Triangle as explained in the
iterations below and in later chapters enables you to create a human services
agency that can and will provide the help the people in distress need. The
model is a product of many years of trial and error; it is an organic model known to work in real
world situations. It will not help you decide if you will stick around and
help; but if you do, understanding the Helping Triangle makes it likely you can do what needs done. With this
assurance in mind, let’s consider how human services agencies are created.