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March is National Social Work Month!
Release Date: February 09, 2009

Social workers change lives by helping people help themselves.  While they function in many different fields ranging from direct service to policy and planning, all social workers are trained to find solutions to complicated situations.

The goal of all social workers at Social Services is to help clients access the services needed to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Those that work at Social Services use a variety of skills to provide an array of services to the public. 

For example, intake workers gather facts and determine what kind of help is required to meet the various needs of those seeking assistance.  In 2008, the Social Services Intake Unit performed 4,971 phone interviews and 3,546 face-to-face interviews.

Work First New Jersey clients face on-going problems with child care, low wages and transportation, and require on-going support to achieve and maintain independence.  Social workers help them to continue to find support even after they no longer receive public assistance.

Helping those at risk of imminent homelessness is a daily task for Social Services, and the Emergency Assistance Program provides this assistance.  On-going crisis intervention for the homeless or soon-to-be homeless is a constant for social workers.

Social Services provides several services for senior citizens.  NJ EASE social workers help senior citizens by assessing their needs and connecting them to services that meet those needs. 

Adult Protective Service social workers investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults, and help coordinate services to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable adults in our community.

Social Services is very grateful to its social workers for their critical role in the lives of the vulnerable and at-risk people who need assistance to achieve independence and security.

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