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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This qualitative study explores the transparency of purpose and methods in a grass roots agency in the South Bronx. This agency Unitas Therapeutic Community Inc. was studied to distinguish if the agencies methods, mission statement and purpose are clear and congruent between its board of directors, current staff members and consumers. There was limited diversity between the twelve participants who included twelve participants (4 board members, 4 staff members and 4 former consumers). These participants were separated into cohorts and were asked nine open ended qualitative open ended questions. The major findings of this study were that the board and the consumers had very contrasting feelings about what the agencies mission, purpose and effectiveness was. The staff showed to be the cohort with the most discrepancy in regard to the same mission, purpose and effectiveness. Second, the cohorts showed correlation in regard to the agencies need to make connections between and within the cohorts, and the need to support themselves stronger if they are to ever become more helpful to the community it aims to serve.


iii, 71 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaf 58).