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It’s All About the Passion

Maria Randall. Photo courtesy of Memphis Daily News.

Cheers to the Daily News in Memphis, TN for this profile of National Association of Social Workers member Maria Randall, who says passion is the overarching theme of her life.

Randall is social services director at Hope House, a daycare center for children whose parents or guardians are HIV positive or who have died from AIDS related illnesses.

A third of the mothers of children in this program contracted HIV through a sexual assault and some of the children have seen people  shot to death.

“These children have faced more in their two and three years than I’ve faced in my 52 years,” Randall said. “So, what do we do? We love them. That’s what they need — to be nurtured.”

To learn more about how social workers help young people overcome life’s hurdles visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Kids & Families Website by clicking here. “Help Starts Here” also has articles on how social workers assist people living with HIV/AIDS. To read those articles click here.

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  1. I love my job! My passion is end-of-life care. I absolutely have a passion for helping patients and their families find peace dealing with end-of-life issues. I recieved my Master’s a year ago. Hospice and grief work is soo rewarding. I also work with children who have lost a parent deal with their grief.

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