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News Items – April 6, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-457043257Jody Gastfriend is a member:
Finding Support for Seniors Facing Challenges Living Alone
U.S. News & World Report
Online care coordination sites like Lotsa Helping Hands help families track how someone is doing and improve how members communicate. “Basically, you build a community,” says Jody Gastfriend, a licensed clinical social worker and vice president of senior care at “The community can be family; it can be friends; it can be professional paid caregivers.” It’s a way of being more organized and not duplicating tasks or stepping on one another’s toes.

Constance Meyer is a member:
[Video] Local Program Helps Those With Eating Disorders (Mankato, MN)
Connie Meyer,a licensed independent clinical social worker with Mankato Clinic,  says, “It becomes a problem when it interferes with life. That you are not living life and your relationship with food takes over everything.” Connie is one facilitator of the “Am I Hungry” program, a 10-week program focused on helping binge eaters take back control. The group meets twice a week, once for mindful eating strategies, and once for group therapy.

Jennifer Bailey and Danielle Saunders are members:
[Video] CCSU students trying to raise $60,000 to help neighbors with disabilities (New Britain, CT)
A pair of Blue Devils at Central Connecticut State University are doing good for some residents near campus with disabilities. As part of a class project, Jenn Bailey and Danielle Saunders, both 32, are trying to raise $60,000 to get a generator installed at 161 Broad Street. The apartment building is run by Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, which rents to people with low to moderate incomes.  Many of them have disabilities.

Lee Patterson is a member:
Changes to SNAP benefits begin, affects 60,000+ South Carolinians (SC)
People on SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, will have to meet new requirements, effective April 1st. Under new standards for the SNAP program, any able-bodied adult without dependents will be limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three year period, unless he or she meets a work requirement or exemption. “It is going to put a little bit of stress. Because it doesn’t matter how hard you’re looking. If you fill out eighty applications a day, if you don’t have the eighty hours a month then it doesn’t count. You’re going to lose your SNAP benefits for three years,” said Lee Patterson, the coordinator for the Social Work Outreach Program.

Deana Morrow is a member:
[Video] LGBT leaders meet with McCrory, ask for repeal of HB2 (Charlotte, NC)
Dr. Deana Morrow, Chair of Winthrop University’s Social Work Department says at a time when laws and rights are being expanded, North Carolina is doing the opposite. “North Carolina has historically prided itself on being a state of the new south, being a forward-thinking state, being a moderate state and I think this is just a step backwards,” she said.


[Video] Deep East Texas Branch of National Association of Social Workers honors 4
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Social workers take pride in helping other people, remaining inclusive, and avoiding judgement. It can be a thankless job, so a professional organization steps in. In Nacogdoches, the Deep East Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers selected four honorees.

Councilman Price to Be Honored With Award by the South Plains Branch of the NASW
District 2 Councilman Floyd Price will be honored tonight [Tuesday] by the South Plains Branch of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) with their Elected Official of the Year award.  The award is given to an elected official that exhibits social work values. Councilman Price was selected for his years of service to District 2 and helping those most in need in the area.

USD Social Work instructor honored (University of South Dakota)
Deb Aden, MSW, USD assistant professor of social work, recently received a lifetime achievement award from Paige Thompson, president of the South Dakota chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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