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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Robert C. Wells (1918 - 2003)
Robert C. Wells received his Masters in Social Administration from Ohio State University in 1950. Executive Director of United Services of Black Hawk County Waterloo - Cedar Falls, IA. He designed the first community service building in Iowa. Housed fourteen social agencies, both voluntary and governmental. Created Exceptional Persons Inc. which operates programs for various types of handicapped persons. Governed by delegate board with representatives of United Cerebral Palsy, Association for Retarded, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Blind Association, plus representative of Special Education Department of the public schools, State Division of Vocation Rehabilitation and local Medical Society. Integration of operating responsibility freed constituent groups for advocacy and focused administration. Each constituent body retained national affiliation.
In the 1960 's he instituted first computer program within public welfare in the State of New Jersey. Established work fare program in public welfare. First in the State of New Jersey. Initiated stipend program for graduate study of social work. Over one hundred recipients over a twelve year period.
Program Director of Greenliegh Associates of New York City.
Executive Director of Monmouth County Board of Social Services, Freehold, New Jersey. Mr. Wells developed financing programs for construction of first county owned building devoted solely to county social services agency in the 1970 's. First in the State of New Jersey. Integrated state and county family and child welfare social service units to create Monmouth Family Center. First and only integrated state and county service delivery system. Using Title XX funds placed county paid professional and clerical personnel within voluntary agencies and public schools to serve and bolster services to potential public assistance recipients., i.e. retarded, physically and mentally handicapped, potentially delinquent. All such arrangements based on written contract.
Mr. Wells was Special Assistant Commissioner of Human Services, Trenton, NJ. During the 1980 's he engineered development and financing of building designed solely for the provision of individual and group mental health services within the State of New Jersey.
Robert Wells was a Member of l1AC Subcommittee. Helped to establish two NASW Chapters, Tri-State, Evansville, Indiana and North East Iowa, Waterloo and Dubuque, Iowa. Served as President of both Chapters. Delegate National Assembly in 1960.
President, NASW, New Jersey Chapter in 1972. New Jersey Social Worker of the year in 1973. Alternate Delegate to National Assembly in 1990.