One example was in March of 1865 when Congress created the Freedmen’s Bureau, an agency providing food, shelter, medical aid, employment aid, education, and other needs to blacks and poor whites. Recognizing the poverty these two groups were experiencing, and then addressing them made a difference. The Freedmen’s Bureau was the largest federal aid relief plan at the time, and it was the first large scale governmental welfare program. With help from the bureau, slaves gained the right to vote, while fair wages began to take shape a hand-up was provided. This helped forge a path to repair some of the new problems our nation faced. That flexibility made a difference.