Appreciating Our Social Workers
March was Social Worker Appreciation Month, and in the spirit of being thankful, we wanted to take a minute to share a little bit from a few of our social workers on staff!
Our SE Social Services Supervisor, Donnie Hampton, had the following to say about her work at Bread:
My favorite piece of working at BFC is being part of such a caring, professional team that tries every day to make a difference in the lives of the clients! Our work at BFC is important because we provide quality services to low-income residents that many times have been marginalized and disrespected due to their economic circumstances.
I love that we have the information, resources, and skills to make a difference in people’s lives, be it a very short-term difference, like providing food for the day, or a long-term one, like assisting them in securing permanent housing or stable income. I also value the work environment, where our common goal is helping our clients and we are not motivated by personal success but by our shared desire to see our clients succeed.
The work we do is important because we are providing a service to those who need it. But even more important is the way that we provide those services. We treat our clients with dignity and respect, whether we are handing them a printout of phone numbers, talking through their options for making positive change, or talking with them about a mental health crisis.
We are lucky to have such a dedicated and skilled team of social workers at both our centers. They balance individual client caseloads with program management duties, and make time to be available whenever there is an emergency. Our social work team focuses on helping our clients increase stability in their lives by assisting in areas such as affordable housing access, budgeting and bill paying, employment skills development, disability benefits applications, and by providing or connecting with mental health and other supportive services.
Take a moment today to thank the social workers you know and to honor their continuous work towards change!