A Story from The Trenches

The world of social work thrives in spite of the perpetual state of upheaval. Operational norms wax and wane according to budget cycles, political climates and the tempest of human need.

Perhaps this is the nature of working with people, but social work environments, the providers of life sustaining support services for society’s most vulnerable, frequently amount to houses built on sand.

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Erick Mertz has worked with people with developmental disabilities for 25 years, most recently as a program director for the National Mentor Network. He is currently a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon.

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