Hospice group celebrates Social Work Month

March 18, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

March is National Professional Social Work Month, and social workers across the United States begin their annual celebration of one of the nation's largest professions. National Association of Social Workers has set this year's theme as "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy," which emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges.

"Social workers strive every day to help millions of people function better in their environments," says NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH. "They also work to change environments that may limit individuals, families and communities."

In Victoria, professional social workers are making a difference by directly addressing the increased demand for health care navigation, mental health services, family caregiving, child development and veterans' assistance.

"Our democracy thrives when everyone has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life," says NASW President Jeane Anastas, Ph.D., LMSW. "For more than 100 years, the social work profession has made the psychosocial well-being of the most vulnerable its top priority because everyone deserves to dream bigger."

From 1931 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jane Addams to 1994 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dorothy I. Height, Social Work Pioneers have been instrumental in advancing civil rights and human rights policies in America.

Today in Victoria and across our nation, social work professionals continue to influence and improve services in hospitals, schools, businesses, military branches, government and numerous nonprofit and community organizations including Hospice of South Texas.

This month, stop and take a moment to appreciate a social worker. A thank-you or even a smile fuels the life of someone who really does want to make a difference.

Donna Vidales, licensed clinical social worker with Hospice of South Texas, Victoria



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