The aftermath of the Great Depression left many previously employed individuals severely destitute and hopeless. In the famous first hundred days of his presidency, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt committed his administration to alleviate some of the pain and suffering that much of our nation was experiencing.

The passage of the Social Security Act in 1935 furthered public aid by providing for care, through pensions and public assistance for the aged; unemployment insurance; and aid to dependent children in single parent families, among other provisions. The act commonly became known as the savior of widows and children and has had many far reaching effects. For example, responsibility for dispensing aid was now placed on the state; men and women were finally presented with an outlet that could help them escape the deepest throes of poverty with dignity; and perhaps most significantly, temporary assistance helped to restore hope for many individuals in themselves and in our nation.