The student essay by Megan Salisbury, a senior at Arizona State University, focuses on homelessness. She wrote:
For social workers, there are no instant answers. Restoring hope is an act of blind faith and perfectly timed phone calls, and yes, even instant answers from a collaborative partner. It is about finding the means when you are unsure of the way.Read her essay on the NASW web site.
The social work professional winner is Lauren Anzaldo, MSW, LCSW, CAP. Lauren's essay is entitled, "Conveying Hope to Every Client." In it, she said:
A social worker embodies the words “You are a life worth saving” every time she meets with a client and sits with him in his discomfort. We convey hope when we treat our clients like people, when we let them know that how they feel and what they want out of life is important.Read Lauren's essay on the NASW site.
You can also now access photos and videos from the NASW Restoring Hope conference on the conference web site.