Every Day Ordinary Super Hero
March is National Social Work month and the theme for this year is “Elevate”. https://www.socialworkers.org/News/Social-Work-Month I think that this is a perfect word to describe what social workers actually do. We elevate others, give a hand up, to motivate someone and encourage change, to elevate someone’s belief in themselves. Social Work is one of the fastest growing professions in the world, in fact they comprise 850,907 jobs in the workforce. Currently, social workers provide close to 89% of therapy services. This profession is expected to grow by 16% in the next five years alone. https://mswcareers.com/social-work-fact-sheet That being said, social work is no easy feat and definitely takes a dedicated, perceptive, and open hearted person to do this work.
Here at Child and Family Charities (CFC) more than half of our employees have completed a degree in social work, psychology, counseling or human services. https://www.childandfamily.org Everyday our human service professionals work with the most vulnerable populations of children and families in the tri-county area. It is common to find CFC workers at all times of the day and night going the extra mile by moving a young couple and their family into their first apartment in the community, sitting with the youth at CMH emergency services until an intake bed can be found within an appropriate hospital, working with a new foster care teen mom to care for her baby or helping a first time juvenile offender navigate through the diversion program in order to get their case dismissed without further conviction. These are our every day, ordinary super heroes. It is these every day acts of kindness that helps our children, youth and families get ahead, find hope and learn to advocate for themselves. On any given day these heroes can be seen helping a teen process through their grief, loss and trauma, helping parents learn parenting skills to reunite with their children, or offering parents a place to go for respite child care while they attend an interview or appointments that will result in a better situation for themselves or their children. I want to take a moment and say thank you…THANK YOU to those every day ordinary heroes with an extraordinary super power called social work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A27QjpQ_Ieo
At CFC our staff make us who we are in the community. They are the heart and hope for those who can’t find it and they are the mission of this great organization. The mission of strength, support and growth for children, families and individuals in our ever evolving community.