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ABSW Houston History
The Houston Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workersof Texas, Inc (ABSW) was organized in August 1970 at the home of Mr. August Swain. ABSW was established as a non-profit organization to promote the progress of education; recruitment and interest in the advancement of paraprofessional and professional social workers within the community; to increase the quantity and quality of health and to promote a high standard of professional ethics within the profession. 

Upcoming Events:

  • 2nd Saturday of each month Chapter Meeting
    9/30-10/1 2013 Voter Registration Drive
    November 5th Election Day in Houston TX
    November 7-9 2013 Southwest Regional Conference



ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS- HOUSTON CHAPTER

WELCOMES YOU--HOTEP! wEL


ABSW Mission Statement
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.
Fro complete mission statement click here for National site.

"Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable."

-Paramahansa Yogananda

"A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess."
Philip Randolph

       

Need A Mentor?


Association of Black Social Workers
Houston Chapter

Cordially invites you to attend the:


Mentorship Activity and  Membership Drive


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1:00 – 3:30 PM
(A meeting will follow as soon as the Mentoring Program is over)
LOCATION:
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3815 Live Oak; Houston, TX 77004
Call: Janice Toney at 281-438-4838 if you have questions.
*Mentors are members of A.B.S.W. who will provide personal support
and resources for students and newly employed social workers.
Come and PRACTICE THE SKILL OF NETWORKING.

Why Choose ABSW


"So!  You have completed college and obtained a good job.  Your career development is over!  I say No!  At this point you should join a professional organization to enhance that career.  I strongly recommend the Association of Black Social Workers of Texas, Inc.  An organization that is actively involved in serving and providing important information to and for the betterment of the Black Community!  Join today!"


~~GOALS

• Renew and affiliate our student chapters at Texas Southern University and University of Houston for August 2014.

• Continued to support the upcoming Southwest Regional Conference set for November 2014.

• Fundraisers for 2014: Plays, “I Wish You Love” on July 5th at local Ensemble Theater.

CHALLENGES

•Meeting our membership goals of recruiting 100 plus paid members by the end of the year 2014.

• Outreach to new and potential members prompting regular attendance and becoming active and consistent within the chapter/community.

What We Do


~~ABSW-Houston Chapter currently focuses on the following goals, successes and challenges:


SUCCESSES

• Over 75 paid members, including several student members

• Members have agreed on maintaining a chapter website which will help the visibility, public knowledge, and presence/voice of the Chapter, as well as keep members abreast and aware of community issues, needs and chapter activities.

• Chapter co-hosting mixers and other events with other local professional black organizations, such as Shape Community Center, Black Psychologist (ABpsi), NAACP, Black United Front (NBUF), Urban League, etc. Our collaboration with other Black organizations aid with enhancing community awareness and addressing issues.

• We partnered with Shape Community Center for our Annual “back to school” school-supply Drive.

• Sankofa Mentoring Project with Social Work students at Prairie View A&M University, TSU and University of Houston. Our undergraduate and graduate students are matched and mentored by our seasoned Practitioners. We then orient and mentor them throughout the year and beyond.

• Outreach for potential members is continuous with emphasis from August to October. We invite new people to monthly meetings along with community leaders, as speakers. We offer discount renewal dues during this period to encourage retention.

• Chapter continues with Ethics and CEU training, held in August and again in October of every year. The 2013 Topic: Dementia and Alzheimer: Impacting the Black Community, taught by Dr. Chris Ojieh, MD. Dr. Darron Garner was the Ethics lecturer, Topic: Social Work and Case Management and Its Impact.

• The Chapter continues to participate in Voter Registration Drives and to register voters. Transportation to the polls is another service provided for our Elderly.

• Chapter provides Annual Thanksgiving and Kwanzaa donations for Indigent families, as we partner with Shape Community Center during the holiday season

. • Annual Luncheon held in February in celebration of Black History month. We provide between 2-4 scholarships at this annual event.

• The Prayer Breakfast, during Social Work month, is another highlight for the year. • Fundraisers: Plays, From My Hometown in July 27th and again “Our House” in October at local Ensemble Theater.

• Supported the Southwest Regional Conference recently held in New Orleans, LA on November 8-10, 2013. GOALS

• Renew and affiliate our student chapters at Texas Southern University and University of Houston for August 2014.

• Continued to support the upcoming Southwest Regional Conference set for November 2014.

• Fundraisers for 2014: Plays, “I Wish You Love” on July 5th at local Ensemble Theater. CHALLENGES • Meeting our membership goals of recruiting 100 plus paid members by the end of the year 2014. • Outreach to new and potential members prompting regular attendance and becoming active and consistent within the chapter/community.