UNION COUNTY — Social Work Pioneer Frances Perkins in 1911 witnessed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City’s history. Most of the 146 people who died were young women who were immigrants or the children of immigrants. “I can’t begin to tell you how disturbed the people were everywhere,” said Perkins, who saw people jump to their deaths from the upper stories of the factory to escape flames and smoke.
“It was as though we had all done something wrong. It shouldn’t have been. We were sorry.” Like many, Perkins mourned the victims. However, the tragedy also inspired her to use the social work skills she honed working at Chicago’s famous Hull House to prevent future Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedies.
Perkins went on to become the first female secretary of labor and cabinet member in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. She used that position to improve conditions for working Americans. Thanks to Perkins and early social work pioneers, we now enjoy safer workplaces, a minimum wage, Social Security benefits and unemployment benefits.
Hospice Care of South Carolina, along with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), proudly announces National Social Work Month 2016.
This year’s theme — Forging Solutions out of Challenges — celebrates the work done by Perkins and countless other social workers to improve lives and communities.
Today, social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with more than 600,000 people employed in the field. Professional social workers tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our society.
Social workers contribute at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, schools, universities, non-profit agencies, corporations, hospitals, and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships and create hope and opportunity for people in need.
Social Work Month also provides an opportunity for social workers to highlight the essential role they play in alleviating some of America’s most difficult problems.
Through education, training and dedication, social workers provide assistance in many different practice areas including aging, mental health, child welfare, cancer, end of life, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and family violence.
For more information on how Hospice Care of South Carolina is supporting National Social Work Month, please contact Support Services Specialist Diane Carlson at 864-850-1100 or via e-mail at [email protected]
About Hospice Care of South Carolina
We created Hospice Care of South Carolina to make a difference, a difference in your life and every life touched by an advanced illness. For anyone seeking answers about hospice care, we’re here to help. We want to empower you or your loved one to live more fully, more completely and more in control.
For more than a decade we’ve been changing the way people think about hospice care by focusing on living, and focusing on what the end of life can be. In fact, we are the only hospice provider in South Carolina that trains others in every core curriculum of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium. And we were named Employer of The Year by HPNA for Board Certification, employing 21.59% of all Certified Hospice and Palliative-care Licensed Nurses and 35.7% of all NBCHPN licensed nurses in South Carolina. 36% of all Social Worker staff at Hospice Care of South Carolina is certified in hospice and palliative care.
This story was submitted by Hospice Care of South Carolina.