“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot, especially in the last six months. As persons witnessing first hand everyday how environments and system intersect in harmful and tragic ways in the lives of those who lack the protective factors to resist their impacts, social workers are in a unique position in society.
We have vowed not forget those experiencing poverty. As Dorothy Day said
“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”
And still I find that I fall into my own insulated comforts again and again. So this quote holds a sting for me. However, this is not a guilt trip…far from it.
It is meant as an encouragement to you social worker. To you who will muster the creativity, partnership, alliances, good will, and imagination of your agency/community/and each individual that may fall to your caseload– to act. I will be there, in my own community, taking action with you.
There is no one to wait for. It is you.
Calling all Case Managers, Program Managers, former program participants, or any other persons who have been involved with a Permanent Supportive Housing Program!
I am seeking feedback on the challenges faced and best practice strategies that have been faced and utilized by persons who have been involved with operating long-term supportive housing programs for chronically homeless persons. I currently manage such a program and could always use new ideas. It is a tough program to run, but success is possible! Maybe you are also working in such a program and feel you need support or ideas-let me know your challenges!
Write me a comment or let me know your thoughts through my contact page!
The Social Worker’s Companion Blog is here to support those who support others (specifically those in the Social Work field). So, that means this blog is here to support YOU.
So, with that in mind, what do you want to see from the Social Worker’s companion blog? What do you what to read that would support you more in your work?
- A certain practice technique?
- Tools for direct client work?
- Tools for supervision?
- Stories and connection to support the emotional difficultly of the helping profession?
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Thanks all : )
Sharing below a new article of mine published in the New Social Worker Magazine today. Enjoy and check out the rest of the magazine for some great content! Be sure to comment and let me know your thoughts!
Beyond “Fixing” It: Finding Strength in Your Limits as a Social Worker