Is The Phone Rings It?

992 WordsSep 9, 20154 Pages
The phone rings—it is Miss Emma calling me with an update about one of my households. She tells me that my client, Jane, has called her in tears because her Supplemental Assistance for Needy Families application was denied once again. My 94-year old client cannot afford to purchase her basic necessities, like food, and without any assistance, finds herself in a desperate situation. Now my work begins. As an intern in the NeighborhoodHELP program, I link families to resources, provide support, and assist them in every possible way so that they can live up to their full potential. I balance a caseload of approximately thirty-four households and work in an interdisciplinary team that gives clients access to healthcare, lawyers, counseling, and education. Working with various populations through this internship has exposed me to a diverse amount of individuals and cultures that each have a vast amount of needs. My goal in the profession of social work will be to not only aid families and communities with local issues, but also with larger issues of human diversity that directly affect them; for example, advocating for or against policies that may affect entire populations in one swift motion. Having the opportunity to help others who have different needs, come from diverse walks of life, and have different things to offer fuels my passion for social work and has undeniably influenced the development of my interest in social work. Communities may also struggle as a whole
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