“Simmons is all about transformation.”
Charles C. Daniels, Jr. ’12SW is a clinical social worker in the Men’s Health and Recovery Program at the Boston Public Health Commission. There, he provides men with psychosocial support while continuing the initiative that he founded as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life called Fathers’ Uplift. His program works with low-income fathers and father figures to help them find ways to be more involved in their children’s lives.
“Many of the men I work with have never heard the words, “I love you.” Imagine how much of a difference one can make when they let a person know that they are loved, regardless of their circumstances?”
He sees his work as a matter of social justice. “I’m obligated to pay it forward,” says Daniels. “If I sit back and do nothing, generations of single-parent children will continue to suffer.”
The most difficult and challenging part of the work, he says, “is staying connected to the things I enjoy. Balancing life and work can be tough when you are invested wholeheartedly in what you do.”
Daniels says the Simmons School of Social Work was integral to his development as a leader and clinician. “Simmons gave me the guidance, knowledge and strength to turn my perceived deficits into fuel to make a difference in the world. Simmons is all about transformation. In the process of being transformed through the Simmons experience, I gained the tools to transform the lives of those in need.”
For inspiration, he says, “I am inspired by my faith in God. I am also inspired and energized by the fathers I work with daily. They keep me motivated.”
He says future plans include starting a scholarship fund for students of color to attend the Simmons School of Social Work.