A Love Letter to Social Work

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You Said It Perfectly

Susan, you explained, with perfection, why we are grabbed, and despite all, can never, ever let go. Till death do us part.
Thank you!
SaraKay Smullens

SaraKay Smullens 337 days ago

Thank you Response

Thank you for a wonderfully written letter. As a Social worker with 26 years of experience in Child welfare, mental health, and now Services for Adults with positions in the field and as management this acknowledgement makes me appreciate and love what I do even more each day. Kudos to all that choose the helping people profession.

Amina P. Lee , MSW more than 1 year ago

Thank you!

Thank you for putting everything we do so beautifully!

Marie Cortez more than 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing


Stacey more than 6 years ago

Social Workers Have So Much Heart

I think that social workers have so much heart and love to give. I certainly feel that way as a social worker. I used to wish that I had become a psychiatrist for the power and the money. After many years as a social worker, I wouldn't trade my chosen profession for anything! I loved your love letter.

Dr. Janet A. Geller more than 6 years ago

Thank you

Child welfare 35 years; semi-retired working part-time at a non-profit w/adolescents aging out of foster care, for past 5+ years. "Lost" my first 18 y.o. three days ago - it hurts just like the first time. As much as my gut says "no more", I will be back at it again next week. Why? Because I can and will continue to make a difference. I needed to read this today. Thank you from the bottom of my social work heart.

aic more than 7 years ago

Beautifully written.

Why am I not surprised as I knew you as a young woman first starting out. This works is a better place because of people like you. Continue to thrive. Love you. So lucky to call you my good friend.

Geri Cantor more than 7 years ago

Grateful student.

Best professor in the whole wide world! ❤️

Jennifer Lanzas more than 7 years ago

I love Social Workers!

Well said!

Carol Duryea more than 7 years ago

My career spans 41 years. We empower others.

my career spans 41 years. The majority in Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare. After I retired, now working part time at Foster network that specializes in special needs, medically fragile, spectrum children and cognitive delayed. I am 63 and feel great every day because of the children in my life. I love social work.

Kristine Hess, LSW, OHIO more than 7 years ago

Perfectly Stated!

I have been a Social Worker or Counselor for 16 years now, having my MSW. I was able to relate to your writing in so many ways! I have worked for CYS, I was a School Social Worker, a counselor for children in foster care, and now an addiction counselor for adults. No matter what I have witnessed, you realize how much stronger everyone else is struggling with hardship. This career path has been an eye opener in so many ways! Thank you for sharing!

Danielle more than 7 years ago


Thank you so much for this letter. I have been a social worker for 20 years and still love my degree! My biggest fear is the new generation who absolutely don't get why they should get an MSW --but rather tell me they want an MPH/MPA-- I desperately try to convince them otherwise. We need to better market what an MSW can offer. I loved my program at Boston University.

ruth r more than 8 years ago


I am currently a Human Services and Social Work major:) My professors have done wonderful in teaching us a simple lesson. There will be challenges but once you witness someone's life change for the better it's worth it! I think I will get my MSW, I graduate in December with my SWA (Social Work Assistant) which is an associates

April more than 7 years ago


I have been a Social Worker for 37 years. To help people that want our help is rewarding. None of us go into Social Work to become Rich. Yes, it is a profession filled with challenges, hopes, possibilities and at times sadness. I wouldn't want to do any other job.

Edward Paley, LCSW,ACSW,BCD more than 8 years ago

What a wonderful reflection!

Yes, Social Work is my life partner as well, and I could not have said it any better. Thank you, Susan Mankita.
Barbara Ackermann, EdD, LCSW

Barbara Ackermann more than 8 years ago

Thank you for the encouragement!

Thank you for this post! It is not only timely for me personally since I am presently a SW student and pastoral care counselor, but its also filled with the quiet reminder that....yes, the roller coaster ride is worth it!

Michelle Soto more than 8 years ago

We're privileged...

..to bear witness to the core of people's beings and problems. I've just retired (a bit early) after more than 30 years of entering people's lives in their homes, hospitals and other facilities. It was an amazing ride. Our satisfaction is enhancing their quality of life in whichever way is most fit. I also loved finding something to laugh about with them as joy can be something sadly missing when the hardships of life intrude. I might write some memoirs one day about some of the bizarre situations I found myself in. You just get on with things at the time, but can be left reeling later. A sense of humour certainly helps. I am mindful of confidentiality, but some stories beg to be told. Truth is often Much stranger than fiction indeed. Thanks for your post, Susan.

Bee Kay more than 8 years ago


Reading this i reflected my past 25 years in social work.............it was exactly like this.....and now I just cannot live without this work....it has become part of me and my being....every breath i take is mingled with it...thanks a million for sharing such wonderful reflection and making us feel nostalgic...

Shaji Zacharia Fernandez more than 8 years ago


I just retired after 39 years. I have never regretted my choice. It has meant more to me than I can say.

Barbara Daubenspeck more than 8 years ago

Beautifully said!

What a beautiful tribute to a difficult but rewarding profession.

Karanita Boling more than 8 years ago


Heartfelt, I can relate to it in many ways. This profession it's not easy, but it sure is worth it. I complain and curse my sw role, but at the end if the day...Ican't see myself doing anything else

Norm more than 8 years ago


I truely love this! You are amazingly creative!! Happy Social Work Month to you!!!

Carmen H. Rodriguez more than 8 years ago


Nyc letter .Mrs Susan Mankita.

Rupesh Kumar Singh more than 8 years ago


Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful relationship. I'll bring cake to the anniversary party!

Karen Zgoda more than 8 years ago

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