From Jeanette Granquist of Iron Mountain:
When I called the Iron Mountain City Office to report a freeze-up, I was put at ease by the young lady that answered the phone.
A thank you from all of us. This winter is everyone's topic of conversation in regard to the frigid weather.
I'm sure I'm not the only one with cabin fever. I want to send my thanks to the city workers.
Kudos to the men working for the Water Department.
It has been a winter of frozen pipes and broken water mains.
I know it's not easy working with water in below zero weather.
We feel secure living in Iron Mountain.
Thanks again to all the city workers.
From Duane Breijak, Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, Lansing:
March is National Professional Social Work Month.
Social workers fight for the welfare of many diverse populations in the State of Michigan and around the world. Often, there is a stigma attached to the title of "social worker." In truth, there are 23,000 social workers in Michigan that work with clients in many fields. Social workers serve important areas, including: addictions & substance use, aging/gerontology, child welfare, community development, education, healthcare, legislation &
social policy, lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender (LGBT) issues, physical & sexual violence and women's issues, private practice and schools.
Social work contributions strengthen communities, expand options and foster changes that improve life for everyone. Social workers provide 80% of the mental health services in Michigan. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is growing faster than average for all occupations, especially in the areas of aging and health care services.
There are more than 640,000 professional social workers employed in the United States.
"Social work is the profession that does the front line work when other professions stand back. Social workers serve as policymakers, administrators, and leaders of nonprofits, community mental health centers, AIDS service organizations, and play a role in most human service agencies and provision of services," says Maxine Thome, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, MPH, Director of the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter.
This year's national social work month theme, "All People Matter," celebrates the many ways professional social workers make a difference for people every day. American social work professionals have made a 116-year commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone.
Social workers across the globe believe that all people have dignity and deserve respect.
The National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter thanks all social workers who are working tirelessly in the state of Michigan.