Honoring 100 for the 100th: Esther Houser
Esther Houser, graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Bachelors of Social Work and the University of Texas’s Masters of Science in Social Work programs, has dedicated her life to the field of social work. From 1979 until her retirement in 2014, Esther served in Oklahoma’s Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services as the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
Though originally from Pennsylvania, Esther felt that Oklahoma was home. At the start of her career, Esther worked in the state of Oklahoma’s food stamp services, recognizing the food needs of her fellow Oklahomans. Early in her career in the 70s, Esther saw a gap in services for the older-adult population. Since that time, Esther dedicated her career to aging services so that she could advocate for this population. After she obtained her new position as Long-Term Care Ombudsman with Oklahoma County’s DHS, Esther greatly enhanced the Aging division as she was responsible for building the program from a one-person staff to 28 paid workers and 200 volunteers. Esther’s contributions to DHS and Oklahoma are outstanding representations of social work.
After years of diligence and commitment to the field, in 2003, Esther was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame as a tribute to her dedication and advocacy. Esther’s life represents social work excellence, advocacy, and dedication to her clients and the field.
Posted on Mon, July 24, 2017
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