Sages is our way of paying tribute to the love and passion social workers have for giving hope to those in despair and helping others find the courage and resolve to make changes they are seeking. Once upon a time everyone was just a beginner as they set out to change the world. Along the way, there were insights and understanding about their profession they would have loved to know when they started out. We asked our alumni if they would share those observations. What can be found on this page are the responses of social workers who once again answered the call to help someone else.
Carole Finnell may be a retired social worker from Indianapolis, but social work is never far from her mind. Sometimes she even dreams about doing social work. She found ways to balance her personal life, being a mother and wife, while dealing with heartbreaking issues involving families and children. What truths did she uncover that allowed her to keep a balance in her life?
There is a saying that not all heroes wear capes. Merlin Outcalt is living proof of that. Born in the 1930s, Merlin grew up with an appreciation of hard work. As a social worker he came to understand the importance of care and concern in relationships and says prepare to be somebody’s hero. Watch the following video to hear Merlin describe an exciting and sometimes frustrating career.
Irene Weinberg spent years working for the Veterans Administration and learned that wanting to “just get along,” isn’t always the best way. As painful as it may be to a client or a co-worker, it’s better to speak up and be honest. In the end, it might not only improve a situation for others, it will make you feel better about yourself. For other tips gleaned from a life of helping others, watch the following video.