An Advocate for Policy Changes to
Address Poverty’s Impact
The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ) honored Laura Rodgers, Senior Director of Mental Health Services at Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May (JFS), with the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Award.
Rodgers was presented the honor during the NASW-NJ Annual Conference on May 4, 2015 in Atlantic City.
Monarch Housing congratulations Rodger on this well deserved honor. She has worked with Monarch to support our advocacy efforts to urge Congress to increase federal funding for ending homelessness both in Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s (D-2) district and in Washington, D.C.
Under Rodger’s leadership, the JFS programs for Jail Diversion and Enhanced Supportive Housing have successfully integrated their consumers into their own communities. She also has worked to ensure that incarcerated individuals receive case management services as they transition back into society.
“Laura is a true social work practitioner, as she employs a patient, supportive approach to working with staff, collaborators and the public. We are proud and honored to have Laura as an integral part of our team at JFS.”
Said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO.
In addition to her work at JFS, Rodgers has volunteered and chaired numerous committees. She trains law enforcement personnel on how to respond to individuals with serious mental illness and serves on the NJ Supreme Court Inter-branch Committee on Mental Health Initiatives.
Rodgers is currently Vice President of the New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness and serves as an advocate for policy changes to address the impact of poverty. As a supervisor of students and staff, she has helped others develop the skills they need for a fulfilling career in social work.
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