By Agnes Herman, North County Times, Nov. 3, 2010
Years ago, I was a young social worker for Family Service of Cincinnati and trekked through some of the poorest, saddest sections of the city. I was not distributing dollars; I was trying to dispense support, understanding and encouragement by making weekly home visits to a variety of families. Their difficulties and concerns ranged from parenting, marital relationships, loneliness, illness, poverty and the springtime flooding of the Ohio River. Soon, home visits went out of style; the nature of the problems never did.
Then, like all aspects of the fluidity of human life, home visits made a comeback. The folks in the helping professions began to understand the significance of seeing people in their own homes, in their own comfort zones, of visiting with the homebound, understanding the context as well as the person.
Annette Conway is the Director of Home-based Effective Living Professionals. The service has been available since 1993. Annette’s interest was piqued by a newspaper story and she began working for
the agency in the late 1990s. Mary Lichty Adams, a licensed clinical social worker, is its founder. Annette bought the business in 2005. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, a warm, caring and intelligent woman whose passion “is in-home therapy … the most effective approach for helping people to alleviate clinical depression and develop healthy cognitive patterns and beliefs about themselves and the world.”