Before March is over, we want to recognize that it is National Social Workers’ Month. The 2020 National Social Work theme, “Generations Strong,” embodies the heroism of social workers who for more than a century have worked to make our society a better place to live for all.
According to the National Association of Social Workers, 650,000 social workers serve fearlessly as advocates, champions and leaders. At Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) we get to see this firsthand among the many social workers in our ministry who strive to enhance the well-being of older adults, particularly those who are vulnerable and in greatest need.
Social Workers work in all parts of our society. The versatility of social workers is evident at PHS. You’ll find licensed social workers serving in a variety of roles in our senior living communities as life enrichment directors and coordinators, resident services directors, housing counselors, volunteer coordinators, campus administrators, regional managers and more. Several are on staff with Optage® home and community services
. By virtue of their experience in social work, they elevate and empower others in any role they serve.
Dorothy Day was an American journalist and social activist. She cofounded the Catholic Worker Movement committed to nonviolence, prayer and hospitality for the homeless, hungry and forsaken. In her essay “Love is the Measure,” Day wrote:
“What we would like to do is change the world—make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute—the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor in other words, we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.”
Jane Addams is regarded as the founder of the social work profession in the United States. Born in 1860, Addams was also the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She said, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
No matter what their positions, the social workers of PHS measure their success by how they enrich the lives and touch the hearts of older adults. Thank you to all the social workers who serve with PHS and to their fellow social workers across the nation. Thank you for choosing to come to work each day and advocate for good by offering your best.
Are you a Licensed Social Worker? Find out how you can enrich lives at PHS