“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” - Jane Addams, "Mother" of Social Work
In the U.S., we are celebrating Social Work Month and today is World Social Work Day. On March 21, the world stops to recognize what we know intimately: that social workers—for Seniorlink, our beloved Care Managers—create daily pathways for empowerment by those who need support and counsel. For those in need, they seek social change, economic independence and a life free from abuse and neglect. They get up in the morning as advocates and they retire at night marking progress by how many have been helped. They are unselfish to a fault and recognition is often uncomfortable for them. So in front of all of their coworkers, friends and family, please allow me be the first to say a very special thank you to our Care Managers, from me, and from the rest of the Seniorlink family. We appreciate your dedication to helping others and to the communities you serve. And we thank you for helping us to pursue our mission to enrich the lives of caregivers and their families.
This year, I am inspired by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) theme for the month: "Social Workers Stand Up!" What could be a better tie-in to our brand promise, to Stand with the Caregiver Nation? The rationale for the theme is that social workers spend their lives standing up for others, but they also need to stand up for their profession to ensure it gets the recognition it deserves. While the group's message is directed at its members, it's something we can all aspire to do. Here are some excerpts from NASW website that highlight the essential work that social workers do:
"Social workers stand up for millions of people each day. They stand up by comforting people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They stand up and support our brave military personnel, veterans and their families. They work in communities and with national, state and local government to provide services and pass legislation to stand with and help the most vulnerable.
"Social workers are trained to look at situations in a holistic way. They help people increase their ability to solve problems, to cope with stressors and to get needed resources. Social workers bring individuals together with other people and their communities to find solutions for problems that continue to plague our society, including hunger, lack of affordable housing, and equal rights for all. And social workers make organizations responsible to people through sound social policy.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. The breadth of what our care managers do deserves to be more visible but, of course, they wouldn’t necessarily agree. For a better understanding of how the world’s social workers "Stand Up,” please go to the campaign site here.
All you CM’s: this is your day! Thank you for your commitment to our families and to ALWAYS doing the right thing!
Until next time,