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.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Gail Fites wrote:
Congratulations! No advocate for the aging deserves it more!

Mon, July 24, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

2. Ruth Robbins wrote:

Mon, July 24, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

3. Pam Wilson wrote:
Esther, you deserve this. You worked very hard improving the care the aged got in nursing homes. Congratulations!!!

Mon, July 24, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

4. Janice Barnett wrote:
You have had a wonderful meaningful career looking out for those who can't advocate for themselves. Congratulations!

Mon, July 24, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

5. Cheryl Willie wrote:
A very deserved accolade. There is no better friend and advocate for Oklahoma's senior citizens than Esther Houser!

Thu, August 10, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

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