Wishing a Happy National Social Workers Month to social workers at Family & Children’s Place and elsewhere, and offering them resounding thanks for standing up for millions of people each day.
The recognition, held annually since the 1960s, is a way to recognize the profession and highlight the important contributions social workers make to society. It’s about recognizing that not just anyone can do it, that it takes education, training, that it’s a true profession and that, more, it’s a calling.
Simply being a Good Samaritan isn’t enough.
Nationally, there are more than 660,000 social workers today, confronting some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forging solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.
Social Workers are the largest group of mental health care providers in the United States, and work daily to help people overcome substance use disorders and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety; abuse, addiction, disability, unemployment, depression, divorce, death, stress, poverty, neglect and a host of other issues that confront society.
At Family & Children’s Place, social workers protect and heal children who have been abused or neglected, help homeless families find safe and secure housing, teach parents to raise happy and healthy babies and ensure young people reach their full academic and personal potential.
All have amazing tenacity and talent, and all are positively changing the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
In March, we may take time for the official thanks, but our appreciation is steadfast throughout the year.