Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Team Northwoods

Celebrating Social Work Month

Social workers are superheroes. Here at Northwoods, we wholeheartedly believe that. In honor of Social Work Month, we want to take a minute to say thank you to all of the brave and amazing social workers and caseworkers who inspire change, no matter how small, every day.

Since this year's theme is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions," we're sharing some of the best things we've heard about what motivates social workers to help vulnerable kids and families overcome some of life's toughest challenges. 

You can also visit these additional links for more stories, inspiration and resources.

Kirstin Maska, Mesa County DHS
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I can't imagine doing anything else - Theresa Houck, Chemung County DSS

"I can't imagine doing anything else. I love knowing that we have a hand in making a difference in people's lives and
making a difference in children's lives, making them safer and making them healthier.

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I wanted to be involved in helping people who need help - Cheryl Hollifield, Beaufort County DSS

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My goal is to make it less hard for them - Sue DeBuhr, Dane County DHS

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Families that are just so appreciative ... it makes your job rewarding - Amy Alligood, Beaufort County DSS

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Lynda Erickson, Crow Wing County

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When they leave, you have offered them hope - Amanda Grady, Burke County DSS

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I've seen some miracles - Kaylo Brooks, Crow Wing County Community Services

"I am able to be pretty intimately involved with families who are really putting the puzzle pieces of their lives back together.
I've seen some miracles and that never ceases to amaze me."

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The three kids thanked me for saving them and empowering them - Julie Mlsna, Sherburne County HHS

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I love helping people - Kristen Hamilton, Beaufort County DSS

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We have the opportunity to shape someone's future - Theresa Houck, Chemung County DSS

"We have the opportunity to really shape how someone's current situation is and how their future looks. And that's a pretty amazing power."

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I believe in the power of the human spirit - Kaylo Brooks, Crow Wing County Community Services

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I'm approaching my clients as people first - Jenny Neubauer, Carver County HHS

"I'm approaching my clients as people first. People who have needs, interests, strengths, weaknesses,
and everything else that makes them up as a human being, not just the disability."

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I made enough of a difference that she wanted to let me know she's doing well - Kelly Hildre, Sherburne County HHS

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I felt this need to keep shining this light on these issues that are not going away - Julie Ahnen, Dane County DHS

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Miguel Navarro, Mesa County

"I've always taken positions in life to go out and help those who can't help themselves. When I came here,
I knew that this was what I was supposed to do. I'm going to keep doing it until they won't let me do it anymore."

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