March is National Social Work Month

Project Sanctuary is helping to honor Social Work Month in March by celebrating this year’s theme “Elevate Social Work!”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work continues to be one of the fastest growing careers in the nation, with more than 100,000 people expected to enter the field in just seven years. 

What Social Workers Do

You can find social workers literally everywhere in our society. They’re in schools helping students overcome life challenges so students can get the best possible education. They’re in clinics, hospitals, and mental health centers helping people recover; and in federal, state and local government pushing for legislation and regulations to improve quality of life. 

Many people may not know social workers account for the largest group of mental health service providers in the United States or that the Veterans Administration is the largest employer of social workers with a master’s degree. All branches of the Armed Forces use social workers to assist troops and family members in improving the overall quality of their lives.

Social Work at Project Sanctuary

Our Family Support Program is run by Thomas Costello, a Licensed Social Work (LCSW). Thomas has been practicing for 27 years, 22 of those years in uniform. He uses his experience and understanding of military life stressors to network with veterans’ organizations and local resources to creatively assist Project Sanctuary families in all phases of participation.

Thomas has also been instrumental in helping us expand our Family Support Program to all families who have asked us for help. Previously, support services were only available after a family attended a retreat, and we’re thrilled to be expanding in 2019. In January alone, Thomas and his team assisted 40 individuals who reached out for assistance.

If you attend a Project Sanctuary retreat in North Carolina, Maryland, or Georgia, you’ll also see Thomas’ mental health counseling skills in action. He works with families on retreats to address the effects of post-traumatic stress and other issues Project Sanctuary families struggle with.

Social workers are an invaluable asset to veterans, service members, and military families. We’re so grateful for Thomas’ expertise and look forward to helping even more families with our newly expanded Family Support Program.

Need Help?

If you are need of Family Support services, email Thomas at

In crisis? Access 24/7 Peer Support at Vets4Warriors. Call 1-855-838-8255.