LSSI Celebrates Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month, and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is proud to recognize its many employees who are members of this important profession. Nationally, there are more than 700,000 social workers who meet people where they are and help them live to their fullest potential.

"As a social worker, our work is so rewarding, and we make a tangible difference in people's lives," said Tatenda A. Perry, MSW, LCSW, Program Director, LSSI's Children’s Community Services in Peoria. "The social work field is very flexible, you can be a military social worker, school social worker, child welfare social worker, or a hospital social worker. There are opportunities to work in multiple areas and have a well-rounded career."

At 50 sites throughout Illinois, LSSI's social workers assist children, adults, and families, whether it's through foster care and intact family services, mental health, and drug and alcohol treatment, to name a few. LSSI social workers provide critical services that make a valuable difference in the lives of the more than 50,000 people served by the organization last year.

"Being bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, has allowed me to serve as a bridge to connect my Spanish-speaking clients and their families to services they need," said Carla León, MSW, Bilingual Clinician, LSSI's Mental Health Outpatient Program.

In reflecting on their careers, LSSI social workers said their work is both professionally and personally rewarding. "It is extremely fulfilling to reunify families, provide permanency to children, and positively impact the lives of those around me," said Salena Ramsey, Master Child Welfare Specialist, Children's Community Services office in Chicago. "I love the feeling of knowing that I played a key role in others' success and happiness."

"I love being a social worker because I can provide a safe space for people to be open and honest without judgment," said Sarah Stevens, MSW, CADC,Clinical Supervisor, LSSI Addiction Treatment Center-Belmont. "We help people get to the point where they can help themselves, and I think everyone deserves that opportunity."

For career opportunities in social work, visit our Careers page.

About Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Serving Illinois since 1867, LSSI is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider. LSSI provides critical programs for Illinois residents including foster care, mental health services, alcohol/drug treatment, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate back into society.


Barb Hailey