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March 20, 2009

Thank a social worker during National Social Work Month

When life’s challenges become overwhelming, many people turn to a social worker for help. Finding help from a social worker brings to light the great potential and many possibilities in every person’s life.

March is National Social Work Month, a time to celebrate the more than 600,000 social workers throughout the nation. This year’s theme, “Social Work: Purpose & Possibility” highlights the many ways that social workers help in communities across the country.

Social workers help people in all stages of life, from children to the elderly, and provide assistance to families dealing with what sometimes appear to be insurmountable obstacles. As society’s safety net, social workers provide vital resources and support to those who need it most.

From end of life decisions to depression or addiction, social workers have the education and experience to help people through some of life’s toughest decisions. Social workers are in schools, courtrooms, drug clinics, hospitals, senior centers, shelters, nursing homes, the military, disaster relief, prisons, and corporations.

Social workers work across a range of practice areas to help those most vulnerable in our society. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem. Some assist families that have domestic conflicts involving children or spousal abuse. Other social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services or are involved in policy development. Social workers believe there are no limits to human potential, and use their talents to help others create better lives for themselves and their families.

Information about the many ways social workers help can be found at www.helpstartshere.org.

Brenda Morgan, LCSW

Counseling Supervisor, Hospice of the Bluegrass-Mountain Heritage

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