March is Social Worker Month

This month, we show our appreciation to social workers and the valuable services and resources they provide to our community.

Social workers play a role in various industries, including but not limited to: schools, hospitals, mental health practices, veteran centers, child welfare agencies, the criminal justice system, corporations and government agencies. While there are many facets of social work, the principles and goals remain the same. Social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need.  Social workers can also help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges; help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.

Social workers are trained to look at situations in a holistic way, helping bring together people and communities to find ways to address pressing individual, group and societal issues. Social workers also follow the NASW Code of Ethics, which calls on members of the profession to enhance human-well being and meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention on the needs and empowerment of those who are vulnerable or oppressed. Osceola Regional Health Center offers social work services in both inpatient and outpatient settings, helping assist patients, family members and serve on multidisciplinary teams.

Oftentimes individuals are surprised to learn how many resources are available to them. Social workers help navigate the many community resources available. Below are the most common referred to resources in our area:


Upper Des Moines Opportunity            (712) 754-2573             Utility such has heat or electric aid

Medicaid or Hawki                                (712) 957-5135                Insurance for children

SHIPP                                                   (712) 754-4611              Medicare/ Insurance 65 those or older  

Behavioral Health Clinic                         (712)-754-4612             Mental Health Services            


Thank you to all our local social workers who are dedicated to their practice every day; you are all appreciated!