As our country faces these very difficult times, we are often asking ourselves, “What can we do?” I appreciate the peaceful protesters that are trying to effect change. Our country has a very long, extensive list of civil unrest since the 1800s. I was 14 during the Detroit riots in 1967. My father being a social worker and activist, had an office in the area of unrest. I remember he had to go into the city to bring a female social worker intern to our home because she was unsafe. At the kitchen table, we discussed two of his social workers having to water their roofs, so their homes didn’t burn down. We were safe in Redford. He did load up us three young girls and take us to the area of the city, which was still occupied by the National Guard and did his best to explain the issues. In his efforts for change in our ﬁeld, in 1971, he founded Homes for Black Children, the first adoption agency in our country, to serve only Black children and their families. That agency is still serving the Detroit area. That was one thing, one man did, but he also raised three, white female daughters to be accepting and caring of all in our society.
At Wolverine, we strive to help and treat all children. Although they come from around Michigan and now five other states, their commonality is they are at risk and need help. We have staff of different nationalities, religions, and opinions. We are very diverse in many different ways. Our commonality is that we are all helping the children we serve and treat.
What one person can do, and each of us can do is be caring and accepting of those around us. We can speak out appropriately about the injustice in this country. We cannot walk in each other shoes, but we can try to understand their walk. We can demand change!
We Support Black Lives Matter
As an agency, we serve Black children of every age, and we stand in support of the movement.
Wolverine has donated to Black Lives Matter. “Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.” Learn more and support here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Judith Fischer Wollack, ACSW, LMSW
CEO, Wolverine Human Services