“I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished…was accomplished collectively.”
~ Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel
If you were to sum up Amy Biller Daniels vision of the social services department at JHCC and its sister communities, it would be “build bridges and be collaborative.”
She started building those bridges as a social work undergrad at UW-Milwaukee where one of her field placements was at JHCC. Since then, she has worked collaboratively with both social service agencies within the Jewish community as well as within the greater Milwaukee County community.
Amy was encouraged to apply for the director of social services opening at JHCC, and as fate would have it, she was looking for a new opportunity. “I’ve always worked with older adults and alongside those in long term care.,” said Biller Daniels. “This opportunity seemed like a natural progression in my career.”
Michael Sattell, president and CEO, agrees, “Amy has great familiarity with our mission and has professionally and caringly served the Milwaukee Jewish community for years. We are blessed to have her join the Jewish Home family.”
Before joining JHCC, Amy worked at Jewish Family Service (JFS) in the agency’s Counseling and Clinical Division where she coordinated and staffed the Late Life Counseling Program which is funded by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Amy also provided counseling to older adults at JFS and its satellite clinic at Bradley Crossing. Prior to JFS, she was a geriatric care manager in the Froedtert and Medical College Senior Health Program. She received her BSW and MSW from UW-Milwaukee.
With her vast knowledge and experience, she is well-versed in the issues of aging. “I understand the issues of aging, and the struggles and issues that both the residents and their family members face,” explains Amy. She hopes to bring both to her current role, once she learns the nuts and bolts of the roles and responsibilities of a skilled nursing facility social worker. “It’s a learning curve, but it’s interesting being in a medical-based setting,” reveals Amy.
The first few months at JHCC have been positive for Amy. “I have received a very warm welcome,” she said. “I like the people I work with directly and am getting to know the rest of the staff and the residents.” In fact, Amy makes it a point to be on the floors daily to see what’s going on and to stop by and say “hello.”
Going forward, Amy aspires to be supportive of the social workers by “enabling them to do the best work they can do” and be a good colleague to fellow staff members. Additionally, she looks forward to forming relationships and collaborating with the social workers at Chai Point and Sarah Chudnow Community. “I want us to be collaborative partners,” stated Amy. “I foresee us discussing issues facing our residents and their families and together, problem solving and coming up with solutions.”
Perhaps some of those solutions will come from one of her outside of work hobbies: being a self-professed PBS and NPR junkie. You can frequently find her watching MPTV Channel 10/36 (PBS) or listening to WUWM (NPR). NPR airs many stories about older adults, and according to Amy, “how we age is interesting, and NPR offers fascinating insights on the subject.”
We look forward to Amy sharing some of those insights and putting them into practice, with collaboration from the social services team.