Social Worker Spotlight: April Barney - Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Worker Spotlight: April Barney

April BarneyApril Barney

GPD Liaison, VISN 16 GPD Lead

April Barney was nominated by Jodie Picciano-Swanson, Acting VISN 16 NHC, for the 2021 SW Appreciation Month.

Workplace & VISN

Gulf Coast VA, VISN 16

How long have you been employed by the VA?

6.5 years

Why did you become a social worker?  What do you like about working in homeless programs?

I think the decision to become a social worker has evolved over the years, but the most steadfast thing has been the importance of advocacy for concrete services to improve wellbeing of communities and those I serve in those communities.

I have had many good jobs in my career and served a number of different populations, but none have been as humbling and rewarding or have placed me in the fortunate position to do what gives me the greatest satisfaction—serving Veterans in their community through housing stability.

What do you do for fun? Favorite Quote?  What else would you like to share about yourself?

When I am not reading a book or two, I like to spend time outdoors at the beach, hiking around state parks looking for wildly interesting mycelium, and receiving new stamps in my passport.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. — Earl Nightingale