Did you know that March is National Social Work Month? This is a time to recognize the passion, empathy, and exceptional support of those who work in the field of social work. Social workers are ESSENTIAL. Thank you to everyone who is part of the DABSJ team that supports the many children and families of our community. Read below to learn more about why our team members love doing what they do.
Andrea has been part of the DABSJ team for 12 years and works in our Family Support Services program as a Supports Coordinator.
"Kids are just a ton of fun and you never know what adventure they're going to bring to the day. I find such joy when kids are able to progress or achieve anything that they’ve set their mind to or worked hard on, because for some of them, those achievements are years in the making!!!”
Susan has been part of the DABSJ team for the last nine years and we're so lucky to have her!
"I love social work because it allows me to help others and because I find people and their stories fascinating.
I get to work each day because I know the children assigned to me did not get a say in their life circumstances, nor did they get a say in which adoption worker they were assigned. I want to do everything in my power to be the absolute best adoption worker each of my kids (and families) could have been assigned to."
John is one of our Behavioral Health Therapists and we've been lucky to have him on the DABSJ team for the last 2.5 years.
"Social work, as a profession, provides me with the unique opportunity to witness some of the boldest acts of courage taking place in our communities every day. Every day I see people overcoming barriers to success, standing face to face with their biggest fears, and supporting one another through even the darkest of times. I feel very privileged to help the children and families we serve get just a little closer to living the kinds of lives they want to live."
Leilani has been a Lead Case Manager on our Foster Care team for the last two years.
"Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world. This is the quote I feel I have lived by. It has been an inspiration to me in difficult times both in my personal life and work life and keeps me inspired to continue doing the work we do."
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About Allyssa Murphy
Allyssa's journey in the nonprofit world began in 2016 when she started working as a marketing assistant at a small residential facility for foster children in Flint, Michigan. This is where her passion for advocating for children's rights began. She later joined the DABSJ team in 2017.
Her hobbies include planning vacations - but never taking them, game nights with friends, keeping up with the latest movies and TV shows, and visiting friends and family on the other side of the mitten.
Allyssa graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. She also has an associate's degree in Media Arts from Mott Community College.