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Hats Off to Social Workers

They are mentors, counselors, motivators and advocates. For 116 years, social workers have helped people facing life’s greatest challenges. Social workers come into a person’s life a time when they are most vulnerable and help them realize their individual strengths and potential for a better future.

March is Social Worker Month. The National Association of Social Workers selected this year’s theme, ‘All People Matter,’ to help raise awareness of the social work profession’s 116-year commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life for everyone.

“Social workers play an integral role in healthcare, justice, education and advocacy programs,” said Metropolitan Family Services Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Colleen M. Jones, LCSW. “As highly trained, licensed professionals, social workers provide the support to positively impact individuals and communities challenged by adversity.”

Metropolitan Family Services has more than 800 social workers, educators, youth workers, attorneys and support staff who last year empowered more than 63,000 deserving families with services to help them learn, earn, heal and grow. We know families are the heart of strong communities and we offer hope and opportunity as they reach for their personal best.

An article in the Winter 2014 issue of SSA Magazine from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, features Metropolitan Family Services President/CEO and alum Ric Estrada as he discusses the importance of programming for fathers. Read the article “Reaching Fathers” here.