March is National Social Workers Month, a time to highlight the important work of social workers in our community. This year’s theme, “Social Workers. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” speaks to the various roles social workers play in bringing people together to help society solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Samantha Schween, one of 17 professional social workers who work at Family & Children’s Service (FCS), reflects on how this year’s theme applies to her work with the most vulnerable.
Charles and Esther Haase have been through a lot together. Married 45-years with children and grandchildren, the couple recently faced their biggest challenge; finding affordable long-term care for Esther. “I was caring for Esther at home, full time, but then I reached a point where I couldn’t lift her,” Charles said. “I couldn’t take the chance she would fall and hurt herself.”
Charles knew Esther needed quality long-term care in a residential facility, but the steep cost of assisted living or a nursing home with fees in excess of $90,000 a year was out of reach for the couple.
March is National Social Work Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of social workers in our community. As CEO of Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency, I am proud of our agency’s long and storied history in the field of social work. I am equally proud of our current team of social workers who help our clients “forge solutions out of challenges” everyday.