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News Items – May 21, 2013

Expandable “Community” to Address Poverty From “Ticked-Off” Social Worker
The Nonprofit Quarterly
Megan Kashner describes herself as a “ticked off” Chicago social worker, tired of witnessing her clients struggle to overcome poverty after committed participation in social service, education, and job training programs.

[Video] Brain tumor survivor gives up lunch money to serve food to cancer patients
She battled back, got her master’s degree and has dedicated her life to helping cancer patients as a social worker at Texas Oncology Center in McAllen. 6 months ago she started a program to help feed patients undergoing chemotherapy, a long and often unpleasant experience.

Former DHS Commissioner Wins National Lifetime Achievement Award
Local Talk News
Besides his service for the state, Waldman said, it has been an honor to serve as a visiting professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work since January 2001. Noting that some of his students were there to see him accept the award – while adding that countless others are now succeeding in the social work field – Waldman said social work is an honorable profession and a “continuing struggle and effort to be a force for society.”

Carpentersville man gets medal of valor — after 7 years
Chicago Daily Herald
After retiring from the Army, Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, and in August he will begin a master’s program at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Borggren noted, “He was not going to let service die when taking the uniform off.”

Michigan Republicans seek new limits on welfare aid
The Detroit News
The National Association of Social Workers opposes them. “All of these bills appear to be pointing a finger at people who are poor,” said Maxine Thome, the Michigan association’s executive director. Thome said poor families have unique problems such as lack of transportation that cause children to miss school. She said Detroit schools lack enough licensed social workers to help students overcome obstacles to learning.

Native Americans trade tales of displaced children
The Gillette News Record
Between choked sobs and streaming tears, more than a dozen Native American families delivered testimony Wednesday in Rapid City about how their children were taken from them by South Dakota social workers.

Social Workers Lack Necessary Title Protection
Yahoo! Voices
Does this make social workers better than health and nutrition specialists or mail clerk messengers? A social worker likely would be the first to tell you that no one person is better than another. Is it fair or appropriate to lump these professions in with social workers, especially in cases of negative press? Certainly not.

Domestic violence conference focuses on honor killings
Buffalo News
Domestic violence involves one person out to control another, said Deborah Schnitzer, the domestic violence coordinator and a counselor at the YWCA of the Tonawandas and an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work.

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