March is National Social Work Month, and Phipps Neighborhoods is spotlighting our amazing social workers helping our communities rise above poverty. This week, we introduce you to Aquina Valentin, Case Manager for Courtlandt Community Supportive Housing program which serves mentally ill and formerly homeless individuals through a referral program with the NYC Department of Homeless Services.
“I love listening and getting to know each of my clients. They all have a story to tell. Being a social worker has made me realize the importance of support and resources for my clients, and the significant impact I can have on someone’s life.”
As Case Manager, Aquina provides support and training to address the mental health, education, and employment needs of supportive housing residents at Courtlandt Community. Aquina and her clients focus on life skills, financial management, medication compliance, and organized recreation. Her main goal is for her clients to become self-sufficient individuals in the community.
“I believe social work is a passion, it has to be in your heart and you must be able to feel it. Social work is not about making money or being praised. It’s more about making a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities.”