If by "society" you mean churches and other volunteer organizations, I could agree. If you are speaking of "society" as the government, I can't imagine a worse idea. Government safety nets already exist. Being fraught with beaurocracy, they do not work in all cases. But the words "material support" confuse me. This woman did not appear to be lacking in "things" or finances, but rather in companionship. A government program to provide companionship? I can't imagine a worse idea.