Infrastructure is defined as the organization of fundamental systems or resources. Nothing comes closer to the essence of an organization or fundamental system of resources than the family itself. It takes care of infants to elders; along with extended family and relatives it is the basis of community. Community is infrastructure, and family is the unit that makes up community.

I’m not talking about the traditional nuclear family where one parent stays home and one brings home a family-sustaining income; no one person can now bring home enough to keep a whole unit in financial and medical security. One person working a job to sustain a whole family has been shrinking for decades. Even my mother in the 1960s had to go to work. True, my family went through divorce. But my mom had my grandmother at home to help grow me up.

S. E. Gilman, who lives in Monroe Township, has worked in social services.

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