MARION, IN - Radiant Health and the City of Marion are celebrating this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” This year’s theme highlights how social workers have enriched …
Radiant Health and City of Marion Celebrate Social Work Month in March
MARION, IN – Radiant Health and the City of Marion are celebrating this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” This year’s theme highlights how social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles that prevent them from living life to the fullest.
Social work began more than a century ago. The profession can trace a large part of its origins to Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star, who in 1889 opened Hull House in Chicago to provide social services to the area, which had a large immigrant population. Other social work pioneers include anti-lynching advocate and women’s rights activist Ida B. Wells and George Edmund Haynes, a social worker who was co-founder of the National Urban League.
In the 1960s, past National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Whitney M. Young Jr., worked in collaboration with President Johnson and other leaders during the turbulent Civil Rights era to break down the barrier of employment discrimination so Black people could get access to better paying jobs.
Social workers have helped drive significant, positive changes in our nation. Frances Perkins, the first female Labor Secretary during the Great Depression, and others helped secure benefits we continue to see used today, such as the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and Social Security benefits.
In recognition of the great accomplishments provided by social workers throughout our communities, Mayor Jess Alumbaugh will sign the 2023 Proclamation for National Social Work Month on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 am. Mayor Alumbaugh calls upon all citizens to join the NASW, Radiant Health, and the City of Marion in celebration and support of National Social Work Month.
About Radiant Health
Radiant Health is a leading provider of mental health and addictions care services in Indiana. For over a century, Radiant Health (previously Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Services Society, Inc.) has provided a wide array of services aimed to improve the mental health of the communities they serve. As the local community mental health center (CMHC), Radiant Health takes a leading role as an educator about mental health, a partner in improved social services, and a provider of evidence-based clinical care.
The mission of Radiant Health is to provide a safe and affirming place for individuals and families to lay down their burdens and find high-quality holistic care that supports their journey toward joy-filled living. Radiant Health is committed to the importance of mental health for the social, economic, and cultural well-being of all the communities it serves. To learn more, go to getradiant.org.