This year’s Distinguished Social Worker of the Year for Edgecombe County Department of Social Services is Marie Goodloe.
Goodloe has been a social worker for more than 20 years. She graduated from the University of Buffalo and served in the U.S. Army. She volunteers for the Special Olympics, parks and recreation at the city of Rocky Mount, is a member of the Safety Board at Phillips Elementary School and has been a mentor in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.
She is not just a Child Protective Services social worker, she is THE Child Protective Services social worker. Workers have never heard her say no when anyone asked for her help. She works after 5 p.m. and on weekends just to make sure her clients have what they need. She helps clients whose cases are closed.
Out of all of the workers at the agency, clients seem to remember her and they continue to call on her for help and referrals. Her favorite saying is “treat people like you want to be treated and you can’t go wrong.”.
Goodloe takes new workers and gives them words of encouragement, and she is the “go-to” person for seasoned workers when they get in a jam. She has great outside resources and is well-known in the community. She is always there to lend a hand at the agency’s events. She is always soliciting clothes and furniture for her clients. Workers respect her and she does things that they don’t want to do, so this holds them to a higher standard. They do get upset when clients praise this person, but they know it is because she is truly vested in Edgecombe County. It is not about the money for Goodloe, but the personal commitment.
Goodloe is very respectful to her clients. She does not talk down to them and she is not judgmental. She addresses all of the family’s problems and not just what was reported.
She starts work at 6 a.m. just to ensure a client gets to an appointment. She truly loves her job and she tries to get her co-workers to step up their game as well. She has so much knowledge and compassion for the job.
When you mention her name people have great things to say about her. She teaches MAPP classes for perspective foster and adoptive parents and people really remember her and the advice that she gives.
She is a “good neighbor” by taking families and helping them get on their feet. She will buy them food out of her own pocket so the children don’t go hungry or have to be removed from the home.
This person has a big heart and helps her fellow man without judgment.