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Heroes of Social Work:
Making a Difference for Children and Families
California's First Lady, Sharon Davis, will introduce a compelling photo
essay about social workers and the families they serve in celebration
of National Social Workers Month.
This exhibit by Richard Bermack, editor of the SEIU
provides an insider's view of both the hopes and the challenges that exist
in social work today. It is about the capability of people to change and
of society to reclaim its lost members. Meet parents who have turned their
lives around, children who have overcome the injuries of neglect and abuse,
and people suffering from disabilities and mental health problems who
have learned to live fulfilling, independent lives. Experience the excitement
and satisfaction of the social workers who helped these people transform
The exhibit is on display at the State Capitol East Annex.
Produced by: Service Employees International Union Local 535 National
Association of Social Workers Childrens Advocacy Institute
County Welfare Directors Association
WHEN: Wednesday March 13, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: : Governor's Press Room # 1190 at the State Capitol. Following
the press conference the exhibit will be on display in the East Annex.
WHAT: A press conference for the official presentation of the photo exhibit:
The Heroes of Social Work: Making a Difference for Children and
Families. Celebrating March as National Social Workers Month, this
exhibit is presented in 20 x 40 vertical, black and white
panels. Copy punctuates the photos depicting a hopeful and uplifting message
addressing both the trials and the rewards of being a social worker.
WHY: This exhibit has been created in response to the need to inform and
educate people on what social work is about in America today. The panels
tell real stories, about real people's lives. These stories will inspire
and motivate people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and political persuasions.
WHO: Guest speakers introducing the exhibit and providing
their insights include the First Lady of California, Mrs. Sharon Davis,
followed by Rita Saenz, Director of the California Department of Social
Services, California State Assemblyperson Dion Aroner, Chair of the Assembly
Committee on Human Services, children and parents helped by social services,
and program moderators Annette Jeffries, President of Service Employees
International Union Local 535, Jim Hunt, Sacramento Director of Health
and Human Services, Richard Bermack, creator of the exhibit, and Jeff
Jue, President of the California Chapter of the National Association of
CONTACT: For additional information on the exhibit please
log on to www.2makeadifference.org.
information on the press launch and to arrange interviews, please call
Roberta McClellan at (916) 338-1597.
rb:uaw1981-AFL-CIO Produced with Union Labor