By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel
RIPLEY – Kadie Hall is described by co-workers as professional, with outstanding integrity, communication skills and effectiveness with clients.
Those characteristics helped the Tippah County Department of Human Services social worker earn the Walter F. Weathers Social Worker of the Year award.
Representing Region 1-North, Hall was chosen for the state award recently from nominees representing the state’s 13 social work regions.
Nominees were judged on 10 categories: exemplifying social work values, professionalism, integrity, communication skills, community involvement and resource development, loyalty and dedication, effectiveness with clients and cooperation with agencies staff, other agencies and the public.
“I feel it is a great honor and a huge accomplishment because there are over 300 direct services workers statewide who were eligible,” said Hall, who’s been in social work for nine years. “I feel that this is a calling from God, and this is where He intended me to be. He put me here. I love this place and the work and the people.”
Hall’s supervisor, Andrea Hill, who is the area social work supervisor for Tippah County, summed up the characteristics that earned Hall the award.
“She’s been a positive role model to her clients, co-workers, family and friends. She’s always ready to take on responsibility, and she’ll stand up for what she believes in. She also knows agency policy thoroughly,” Hill said.
Hill recalled one of many instances where Hall made a difference.
“Recently she had a mother, whose daughter was on trial home placement, call to say the roommate kicked them out. Kadie could have easily said, ‘I’ll come pick up the child, but you’ll have to figure out what you’ll do for yourself.’
“However, Kadie got on the phone, and by the end of the day, she had them a place to stay, rental deposits waived, and had gotten them more than 20 bags of groceries and donated dishes.
“For another family that needed help with physical labor to get their home appropriate to move into, Kadie made more phone calls and found a local church willing to help provide free labor to get the family’s home ready.”