Clockwise from top left, James Kohl, Carrie Vick, Susan Rucker,
Carole Seddon and Helen Michalisko.
Five hospital social workers reflect on
An affable, often homeless man who lives on Social Security disability,
D. is a 10-year veteran of the busy Moore Clinic, an outpatient
clinic for people with HIV/AIDS. Practically every day, he drops
by. Often, he sees Susan Rucker, clinical manager for the AIDS
Services social work program.
Over the years, Rucker has been trying to help. She’s made arrangements
for housing, food and health insurance, but D., Rucker says, is willful. “He
seeks help, then denies it. At the same time, you know he’s hungry. You
know he’s cold. You know he doesn’t have money.”