a non-profit organization that helps people in the US who need it, for example children who have been treated badly by their parents, families that do not have enough money, people who do not have a home, and old people who are too weak to take care of themselves. It also gives some medical care and helps people get homes that are not too expensive.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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