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We Love Our Social Workers! March is National Social Workers Month.

Derek Hurwitch
Communications Department
March 20, 2018

March is National Social Workers’ Month. Its purpose is to educate the public about the values which are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities. These three aspects are critical to our local community and core to AJFCS’ mission. 

AJFCS strengthens communities and helps people during challenging times in their lives. Since 1974, AJFCS has been the heart and hands of our Jewish community. None of our accomplishments – past, present or future – would be possible without the talent, compassion and dedication of our social workers. 

 

A tale of two Jennifers.

 

Jennifer Weems-Escobar, LCSW

Director of Long-Term Care

What inspired you to become a social worker?

I was fortunate to have a very close relationship with my Grandmother growing up. We spent a lot of time together and I would love going to her house to hear about her life stories, see her old pictures and listen to her old records. I believe my relationship with my Grandma had a huge impact on me becoming a social worker. 

Why do you love working with older adults?

I love working with older adults because I have always felt it to be such a privilege to work with people at that stage in their lives. To be able to witness and hear about the amazing lives they have led is truly an honor. In working with my clients, I never feel like I stop learning and no two days are ever the same. I find it very rewarding to be a part, in some way, of helping them remain independent, maintain their dignity and quality in their final years.

 

Jennifer DiSilvestro, MSW

Director, Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4 Kids

What inspired you to become a social worker?

I learned the life lesson that by giving and helping others, I actually receive fulfillment too so it was a double positive. Social work is the career where you give and help others and it was a perfect fit for who I am and what my values are.

Why do you love working with children?

This poem that we just had imprinted on our mentors awards speaks from my heart about why I love working with children:

One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
BUT
The world may be a better place
Because, I was important
In the life of a child.

 

The future of social work looks bright. At Alpert JFS and many places around the world, we have the expertise and passion to continue to transform our communities and our nation in great ways. It is of paramount importance to attract young social workers who are bright, committed and relentless in their pursuit of better standards and greater outcomes for our communities.

The American social work profession was established in the late 19th century to ensure that individuals with needs gained the tools and skills necessary to escape economic and social poverty.  The profession has grown to best help those who have challenges of any type during their life cycle.  Social workers help people in their personal and interpersonal lives in order to achieve social improvement, and pursue social change to benefit a wide variety of individuals, families and communities.

Visit www.jfcsonline.com to learn more about the impact of social workers throughout our community and, if you see a social worker this month, or any other month, tell them, “Thank you.” They are often the unsung heroes in our community.