CCHO and our family of ministries is a social work agency. We believe in wrapping our clients with faith, love, relevant tools and supportive services to help them experience their worth in Christ and lead their best lives. We are deeply grateful for the countless contributions of our agency’s social workers throughout the year and acknowledge them especially this month in observance of National Social Work Month.
Each social worker’s day looks a little different depending on their area of service. Our organization utilizes social workers in homes, offices, schools, courtrooms and cottages. They provide mental health support and resource information. They come alongside individuals and families in times of crisis and help them make healthy choices for the future.
The following excerpt is from an interview with Kevin Hewitt, our president & CEO, originally printed in the Wooster Weekly News on March 25, 2013. A 25+ year social work veteran, he shares about the role of social workers and the motivation behind it.
“Social workers are the links that provide the services that our families need. They are aware from both a clinical standpoint and in a pragmatic way. They are wise in therapy techniques, and the empathy they have for kids and their ability to make connections, to find that child the right program they need and can flourish in . . . . Social workers are really taking up the cause of the powerless. Social workers give them a voice.”
“Social work really is showing somebody else that you value them. [It’s] the ability to bear one another’s burdens, to take some of the emotional baggage and pain and say, ‘you’re OK, we’re going to get through this.’ There’s tremendous value in that.”
Kevin continued, “In Scripture, we are repeatedly told to do good unto others, to love others. In Matthew 5:16, ‘that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Or Ephesians 2:10, ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared beforehand for us to do.’”
Our multi-site agency staff includes more than 30 professional social workers who serve others with leadership and compassion in this critical ministry career. They diligently work on behalf of others in need, and their relentless commitment brings restoration and healing for children, adults and families.
Ruth Aubrey, LISW-S Alison Bartholomew, LSW Necole Beitzel, LISW Jessica Berry, LISW-S Eleanor Brooks, LSW Lindsay DeHaas, LSW Alexandra Didato, LISW Lenora Dotson, LSW Kateri Ewing, LSW Katherine Failor, LISW-S Abby Fischer, LISW Emily Frazier, LISW-S Kristina Fryson, LSW Valerie Grisak, LISW-S Lisa Haberbusch, LISW-S Kevin Hewitt, LSW Brandon Jurkovich, LSW Annita Justice, LSW Candice Kocsis, LSW Sarah Laubli, LSW Sharon Mathias-Cain, LISW Melissa McMullen, LSW Alicia Miller, LSW Rebecca Mollohan, LSW Ronda Mullet, LSW Shawn Pedani, LISW-S Carla Plegge, LSW Elizabeth Raynes, LSW Tara Satterfield, LSW Peggy Smith, LSW Rebekah Smith, LSW Glenn Sprunger, LSW Julie Tuel, LSW David Yoder, LISW-S Renee Young, LSW