Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make.
SafeHaven celebrated its 28 staff members who are social workers with a come-and-go breakfast Tuesday morning. Staff from SafeHaven's shelters, counseling, housing, crisis and outreach, reformative services and administration gathered to celebrate each other and create community with one another over refreshments.
A few of SafeHaven's social workers shared why they decided to become a social worker and why it's beneficial to their position at SafeHaven.
Name: Kathryn Jacob
Position: President and CEO
College: Creighton University (Undergrad); Fordham University (Master's Degree)
Why did you decide to be a social worker?
My parents are in helping professions. My mom is a teacher and my dad was in charge of child support in Chicago growing up. When I was in high school I had the opportunity to work with people living in poverty in central Appalachia. I worked there in college as well. It was an easy fit.
How do you use your education in your job?
One of the biggest thing they teach you in school is Systems Theory. The biggest difference between social work and sociology is that sociology is the study of people. Social work is the study of people in systems, so how Kathryn Jacob can work best in certain social systems. It broadens your perspective a lot, and that’s why I went into administrative social work because I felt like I could affect a greater number of lives in a more positive way working in management.
What’s your favorite form of self-care?
I love being outside, so we take our kids to national parks and state parks. We do a lot of hiking.