For Immediate ReleaseMarch 20, 2019
Month set aside in tribute to positive impact the profession has on residents
San Rafael, CA – Every day, 680,000 social workers across the nation strive to lift individuals, families, and communities out of circumstances such as abuse, homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty.
In Marin County, the Social Services Division is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the County government’s largest department by workforce and budget. It is comprised of approximately 350 staff members or about half of the department’s total workforce. Programs include:
“Social workers serve a variety of functions for vulnerable populations,” said Kari Beuerman, Director of Social Services for Marin HHS. “They perform assessments, coordinate resources, give referrals, assist with acquisition of benefits, and provide counseling and advocacy.”
With most of the Social Services workforce commuting from beyond Marin, HHS is focusing recruitment efforts to the local community. The County hopes to bring diversity to its workforce by targeting its recruitment efforts to a variety of geographic locations, populations, and age groups within Marin. Additionally, those living locally face shorter commute times, thereby cutting down on road congestion and carbon emissions. Those already housed in Marin are also more likely to be retained than staff members who leave to find jobs closer to home.
One area where the County is always hiring is in the eligibility worker classification. Eligibility workers make a profound difference in the lives of individuals and families by linking eligible clients with food, and medical and financial public benefits. To get more information or to apply, visit the Career Opportunities page on the County’s website.
Some additional pathways into the County include becoming and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregiver. An IHSS caregiver assists seniors and adults with disabilities with a variety of daily living activities from preparing meals and light housework to personal care. To find out more, visit www.pamarin.org.
Lastly, another pathway to consider is becoming a foster or resource family. Providing a loving and safe place to call home can have a profound, life changing impact on a child. For more information on Marin County’s foster care program, visit www.fosterourfuturemarin.org.
Kari BeuermanSocial Services DirectorDepartment of Health and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro Rd.San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6263Email: Kari BeuermanMarin HHS website