Union County Senior Social Worker Pam Jose is being honored for going above and beyond to show care and compassion to a child in foster care.
A young child required major surgery and due to circumstances of placement, he did not have anyone who was able to be with him for an overnight stay in the hospital following his surgery. Jose asked supervisors for permission to travel across the state to spend the night in the hospital with the child, so he would have someone familiar with him.
“I cannot imagine how comforting it must have been for this little guy to see your face and know that someone truly cares for him,” said Katie Turner, a colleague who nominated Jose for the Caught in the Act Award. “This is just one example of how you go above and beyond for the children, youth and families you work with and I am so grateful to have you as a coworker.”
Caught in the Act is a recognition program for Union County employees. This program allows an opportunity to recognize and thank employees for going above and beyond expected roles within their job description.
Jose was awarded Union County Government's Spring 2021 Caught in the Act Award. As a recipient of the Caught in the Act Award, she will receive a $250 bonus in her next paycheck and is eligible for the annual Caught in the Act Employee of the Year Award.
County leadership surprised Jose during a meeting and presented her the award. During the presentation, County Manager Mark Watson said, “We appreciate you so much for investing yourself in the residents of this county and the folks this agency serves. It’s people like you, with hearts like yours, that really make this county a special place and make Union County Department of Social Service a special place to work.
Union County Government employees nominate coworkers when they catch them going above and beyond. Recipients of the recognition program are selected four times a year.
Pictured above: Social Worker Pam Jose and County Manager Mark Watson