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The Dr. Melanie Show

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March 14th 2013:Social Workers Serving the Disenfranchised

What happens to those people who have medical and mental health needs but do not have the funds to pay for them? Who helps them? Velma Stevens works with those diagnosed with Sickle Cell and Mark Lazarus works with the homeless many of whom lack the basic necessities of life. Hear how these two social workers are making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised people.

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Velma Penermon Stevens, MSW, ACSW

Velma Penermon Stevens, MSW, ACSW, is a member of NASW and she serves on the steering committee of the Big Bend Unit of NASW-FL Chapter. She works for the Sickle Cell Foundation, Incorporated, where she has been employed for the past 9 years. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and her graduate degree from Florida State University. She has worked in the field of social work for the past 20 years. She has worked with various populations e.g. substance abuse, domestic violence, homeless, youth, mental health and other disenfranchised populations. She also has experience as a hospice social worker. She is also very actively involved in h
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Mark A. Lazarus, MSW, LCSW

Mark A. Lazarus, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided services to victims of crime in Florida and has provided psychiatric health services in a treatment center. He earned his Masters of Social Work degree from Florida State University. He currently serves as the Director of Services at the Renaissance Community Center, coordinating services to persons experiencing homelessness.
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