March is National Social Worker Month
A time to celebrate the great profession of social work, March's theme for National Social Worker Month is "Breaks Barriers".
WHAT IS SOCIAL WORK?
Social work can be difficult to understand because the profession is so diverse. Social workers work in many different places, including schools, hospitals, mental health practices, veteran centers, child welfare agencies, the criminal justice system, corporations, and state, federal and local governments—to name a few.
Although there are many kinds of social work, members of the profession all share common principles: They are people dedicated to seeking complete equality and social justice for all communities and helping people achieve their own potential.
Each day social workers help break down barriers that prevent people from living more fulfilling, enriched lives. They work on the individual level, helping people overcome personal crises like food insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or limited access to good health care. They also advocate on a systems level to ensure laws and policies are adopted so everyone can access such services.
Meet One of Home Start’s Very Own
Behavioral Health Services
What brought you to Home Start?
I love to work with kids and families. I wanted to continue my work with families to help improve their well-being.
What the best part of your job?
I learn so much from my team and find great support from them. I truly enjoy seeing kids make progress and cope better with life stressors.
Who motivates you and why?
I am motivated by my clients who have been through so much yet continue to hold hope.
Share a fun fact about yourself:
I have lived abroad 2 separate times. I did a semester in Paris during undergrad and lived in London for a year postgrad. I love travel!
During National Social Work Month, we encourage you to take time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, starting with this video: