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7 Mary Richmond (1861–1928), the director of the Baltimore (Maryland) Charity Organization Society (COS), advanced “friendly visiting,” a caseby-case response to rehabilitation of the poor. She quickly rose to social work prominence. Her four books recorded the developments of social work and guided social work practice for decades: Friendly Visiting among the Poor (1899) addressed the process of conducting charitable work in the homes of the poor; The Good Neighbor (1908) focused on a community response to human difficulty; Social Diagnosis (1917) offered a process of fact-finding and diagnosis; and What Is Social Case Work?

Charity Organization Societies (COS) Private charities responded to the plight of the poor with either indoor relief (shelter in a poorhouse or a workhouse) or outdoor relief (the provision of food, clothing, and fuel brought to the home). Based on the philosophy of the Poor Laws, relief was always provided in kind and never in cash. In 1869 the Charity Organization of London, England, was formed “to bring order SETTING THE STAGE 9 out of the chaos of the city’s charities by offering district conferences at which the agencies could discuss their common problems and coordinate their efforts; and of insisting on careful investigations of appeals for help and a city-wide registration of applicants” (Bruno 1948: 98).

Kelso and William Lyon Mackenzie King, future prime minister of Canada, were introduced to the problems of the poor. Addams quickly became a key figure in social work. In 1909 she became the first female president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, breaking a thirty-five-year tradition (Lasch 1965; Glowacki and Hendry 2004). 8 CHAPTER ONE There were similar developments in Canada. The first Canadian settlement at Dorset Mission was established in Toronto in 1870 by St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and another mission followed in 1883, later to known as the Fred Victor Mission, still open today (Bellamy 2005).

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