St. John’s Celebrates Social Work Month

March is National Professional Social Work Month. The designation was formalized in 1984 as “an opportunity for social workers around the world and their supporters to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession,” according to the National Association of Social Workers.

Social work professionals have always played a critical role in the success of St. John’s communities. Longtime St. John’s resident Bonnie Brodie recently appeared on News10NBC’s “Rochester in Focus,” where she explained just how impactful the support of social work services has been in her life. You can watch the segment by clicking here.

Bonnie was joined on the air by Carlie Bartleson, a St. John’s social worker who works in long-term care, rehabilitation, and adult day services.  Carlie discussed how unique her role is, as it allows her to touch the lives of many different people at St. John’s. “I get to see how our services help them (Day Break clients) stay in the community,” said Carlie. As for long-term care residents at St. John’s Home, Carlie described the emphasis social workers put on “making sure they maintain the highest quality of life that they can, and they are able to still do the things they enjoyed doing before them came in to St. John’s.”

Throughout March, we have been asking our incredible social workers throughout the St. John’s organization why they decided to pursue the profession:

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