“Getting people a fair chance who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity”
Here at the Brooklyn Free Clinic (BFC), we want to truly care for all our patients. Part of that is making sure that each of our patients has access to all the social services and support he/she needs.
Meet Marcie Braverman, who has been working as a social worker in Brooklyn for the last 6 years.
“I work at BFC,” she says, “because I love what it symbolizes, what it represents, servicing those who are most at risk.”
Marcie mostly works with at-risk populations in poor communities in Brooklyn. She has done a lot of work specifically with the Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) population in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Although Marcie already completed her undergraduate education at the University of Connecticut and her masters degree in social work from the Fordham School of Social Work, she is currently partaking in further psychoanalytic training.
Originally from Edison, NJ, Marcie has been living in Manhattan for the last 4 years.
“I knew at a very young age that this is what I wanted to do,” she says. “Getting people a fair chance who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to have one. And I feel like that’s what we do. People come to us with no resources, no knowledge, no understanding of how to get help and what we do is we educate them and provide them with access to those services.”
Sometimes, she says, people mostly need to talk and even cry.
Clients might simply “need someone to talk to,” she says. In particular, many clients have fears of the medical system. “Just giving them the personal space to [talk] has been very healing for a lot of people and enabled them to trust the healthcare profession in some capacity.”
She believes that by still being young and somewhat new to the social work profession, she can uniquely help Brooklyn Free Clinic patients.
“I truly feel that we give people who have no where to turn, people who are undocumented, alone, who feel that they have no voice… we help them find that,” she says. “We are young, we are eager, we are compassionate people. We haven’t been jaded by the medical and healthcare fields yet. There is something to be said for that.”
And working at the Brooklyn Free Clinic has also given her the opportunity to learn. Marcie says she has learned more about diabetes and healthcare for diabetes by working with some of the patients at the BFC. She has also learned a lot about the plight of and the specific challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in this country.
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