100 Years of Professional Social Work

100 Years of Professional Social Work

Hunterdon Development Center

State of New Jersey

Robert B. Nicholas, Ph.D., Director
William A. Wall, Chief Executive Officer
Leon Cronce, Assistant Superintendent

April 27,1998

Centennial Central, NASW
750 First St. N.E., Suite 700
Washington DC 20002-4241

Dear Sir or Ma'am:

I am enclosing a picture of the Social Workers employed by the Hunterdon Developmental Center standing by the entrance sign to our facility celebrating the Centennial of the Social Work Profession.

Hunterdon Developmental Center occupies 102 acres in Hunterdon County and provides residential services for 637 individuals, ninety-five percent of whom are severely or profoundly mentally retarded. Hunterdon Developmental Center is operated by the Division of Developmental Disabilities under the auspices of the NJ Department of Human Services. The Center is funded through State appropriation and Federal programs.

NASW issued a call to action as well as an observance of the Centennial urging professionals to choose a location and event appropriate to their work.

Social Workers at Hunterdon Developmental Center are currently assisting fifteen clients complete applications to become naturalized citizens of the United States. Although these fifteen individuals are legal aliens, due to a change in the law, they will become ineligible for Federal benefits (including Medicaid) unless citizenship is established.

Therefore, as part of professional development in this area, I obtained administrative approval for the Social Workers to see the Statue of Liberty and tour Ellis Island on March 26, 1998. We followed this with lunch and dessert to complete the Celebration.

As you can see, it was a wonderful sunny day. The "Celebration" lifted our spirits and made us proud to be the professionals we are!

Social Workers from left are:

  • Linda Passori-Brennan, CSW
  • Nancy Goebel, CSW
  • Kathleen McGourty, CSW - Asst. Supervisor
  • Nancy Kapp, BA
  • Sharon Romans, CSW
  • Barbara Baffett, CSW
  • Debe Spinks, LCSW - Director
  • Barbara Tichy, LCSW
  • Joan Woske, MSW

Very truly yours,

Debe Spinks, LCSW, Director of Social Services
PO BOX 4003
CLINTON. N.J. 08809-4003
(908) 735-4031

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