Erin von Fempe is a social worker who has recently garnered attention for her acts of social work and kindness. Von Fempe is employed by the police department in Mount Vernon, Virginia, but unlike a typical police officer she works to help and create accessibility to resources for the homeless population of the Mount Vernon area. Von Fempe works to buy people meals, sign them up for shelters, and even find jobs.
Von Fempe’s approach and style of directly helping populations is a newer concept and one that is raising much discussion on the new ways work can be done to provide homeless people with proper resources, especially those regarding mental health. This method demonstrates a collaboration between social workers and agencies and law enforcement, which can prove to be a powerful tool to create tangible change. Despite rising prospects and potential, von Fempe also discusses the troubles and how sometimes the task list can become overwhelming, something that she is learning how to balance.