Social workers stand up for their clients every day. They support people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.
This month, NCCF recognizes the hard work and dedication of our social workers by celebrating March as Social Work Month 2017: Social Workers Stand Up! NCCF’s Social Workers confront some of the most challenging issues facing youth and families, and they forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our communities better places to live. NCCF expresses our gratefulness for our social workers, and we would also like for you to get to know some of the outstanding social workers who are the backbone of NCCF.
Jesecca is a Senior Case Manager at NCCF’s Young Adult Rapid Re-Housing Program. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she received her master’s degree from Howard University. Her favorite part of being a social worker is when she gets to witness the ‘aha moment’ because clients are able to make the connection between where they are and where they want to be. When she is not working, Jesecca is in training to becoming a yoga therapist where she incorporates mental health and interventions with yoga and physical fitness and wellness.
Naeem is a Clinical Therapist with The Northwood High School Wellness Center. He has been a social worker for over two years, and received his degree from The University of Maryland, Baltimore. Naeem particularly enjoys client interactions where he is able to help them assess their goals and reflect on their strengths that will help them achieve those goals. Originally from Washington, D.C., Naeem spends his free time mentoring adolescent males and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.
Telethia is a Social Worker at JC Nalle Community School. She has been a social worker for eight years and received her degree from Howard University. Telethia’s favorite part of being a social worker is connecting with the children and teaching them social skills coping techniques to help them communicate. Originally from Fort Washington, Maryland, Telethia enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.
Meredith is a Senior Specialized Social Worker at the Innovative Family Connections program. She received her degree from Adelphi University and is from Potomac, Maryland. Meredith particularly enjoys working with clients, and she loves that one positive interaction with a client can turn the day around and help her to remember what is truly important. When she is not working, Meredith enjoys spending time outside and going to Capital’s games.