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News Items – January 7, 2014

Social worker opens garage to help low-income drivers
A social worker’s job to improve the lives of clients — in short, to give them a lift. In Minneapolis, there’s a social worker who has a unique way of doing that. Cathy Heying is working hard to fix a problem: during her 16 years as a social worker, she discovered car trouble could make people homeless. Heying said, “It doesn’t have to be a major repair to be five or six hundred bucks, and when you’re just surviving, that can break your entire budget.”

Penn Researcher Earns Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Penn News
Phyllis Solomon, a researcher and professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference Jan. 15-19 in San Antonio.

OP-ED: Reducing Youth Crime by Treating Substance Abuse
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
One of the most effective and long-running efforts to change both policies and practices in juvenile justice is Reclaiming Futures, housed at the Regional Research Institute for Human Services of the School of Social Work at Portland State University in Oregon. The organization began in 2001 with a $21 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and initially went to work in 10 communities.

Betty Singer, 87; social worker at Children’s Hospital
The Boston Globe
Drawing examples from her own life, in which the personal and professional were often inseparable, Betty Singer wrote an essay in 1977 that offered glimpses of what she had witnessed as a social worker leading the child protection team at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Navy uses roving patrols to combat sex assaults
Stars and Stripes
“There’s so much time and commitment to this issue that the amount of awareness in the Navy is exponential,” said Shannon Davis, a licensed social worker and deputy director for the Navy’s mid-Atlantic region’s Fleet and Family Support program.

Ohioan leads fight against slavery
The Blade
Celia Williamson, professor of social work at the University of Toledo, buries herself in statistical research surrounding human trafficking in Ohio, and said she is grateful that when she comes up for air Ms. Ranade-Janis is there, holding everything together.

Reading of minus 16 breaks record low temperature
Chicago Sun-Times
“No one will be turned away who needs shelter,” Diaz said, who noted that social workers will be dispatched to areas where the homeless are known to congregate to persuade them to come inside. “We can’t legally, physically remove somebody from their locations if they refuse to go,” Diaz said. “If somebody refuses to leave, no matter what, we will know where they are, we will keep close tabs on them.”

CWRU researcher finds released inmates need reentry programs to meet basic and mental health needs
Health Canal
When inmates with severe mental illness are released from jail, their priority is finding shelter, food, money and clothes. Even needs as basic as soap and a place to bathe can be hard to come by for people leaving jail, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University’s social work school.

STATE HOUSE: Progressive groups plan ‘Truthful Tuesday’ protest at SC State House
The State
Kneece said the “Truthful Tuesday Coalition” consists of the South Carolina Christian Action Council, the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the South Carolina Education Association, the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP and the South Carolina Progressive Network.

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