Perceptions of a Social Worker

By Marianne Dublado, LMSW
and Melissa Sanchez, LBSW

As we come to the end of the month of March, we would like to talk about what this month means to us! March is the month that commemorates social workers. Yes, we get a whole month! What’s interesting is that even though social workers are placed in all kinds of settings to help all kinds of populations, not many people know exactly what it is that we do! So we wanted to tell you exactly what Social Workers do here at St. Hope Foundation.

But first, we would like to discuss how social work was founded and our history. Elizabeth Fry started the social work movement in England in 1817 by helping reform the British prison system for male and female prisoners. Fry focused on the moral improvement of prisoners through personal contact, conversations, education, and work. In 1889, Jane Addams started the social work movement in America by starting the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. The Hull House set up a daycare center for small children, gave education for adults, and focused on social progress.

Thanks to these two contributors and many more, social workers are able to focus on social progress, just as Addams did. Social workers here at St. Hope assists our patients with medication assistance, housing, transportation services, medical referrals, assistance of meeting basic needs, helping with financial hardships, and other social issues. The heart of a social worker is one that cares, empathizes, and is passionate about bettering the lives of our patients. Our goal as social workers at St. Hope Foundation is to assist our clients to become more independent individuals through the use of their community resources.

We express our gratitude in our patient’s openness and are thankful to our patients for letting us be a part of their lives. We know and understand how difficult it is to trust others with their personal status and information. So whether it’s a social worker here at St. Hope or in any other facility, don’t forget to hug a social worker today!