Doris Marie Bender

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Doris Marie Bender (November 29, 1911 – November 15, 1991) was an Alabama social worker. Her programs, developed in Mobile County, to help the elderly and disabled adults became models for later state-wide efforts to protect these groups of people. Bender was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1994.

Biography[edit]

Bender was the oldest of four children and born in Mobile, Alabama.[1] She helped raise her younger siblings after the death of her mother.[1] Bender earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and did graduate work in the field of social work at Tulane University and the University of Chicago.[1]

Bender started work with the Mobile County Relief Administration in 1933.[1] Bender took over as director of welfare for Mobile County in 1943.[2] She would work as the director there until she retired in 1976.[1] Bender's innovations as a social worker in Alabama included the creation of an adult foster care program for elderly and disabled victims of abuse and neglect and in-home care for the elderly.[1] Both of these programs were used to develop state-wide efforts for adult foster care and in-home care.[1] Bender hired the first black social worker in Alabama, Rosemary Butler, in 1946.[3]

Bender was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1994.[3] In 2007, she was inducted into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Doris Marie Bender (1911-1991)". Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  2. ^ "Mrs. Jones Prepares to Begin Tenure as Welfare Director". The Montgomery Advertiser. 1943-12-12. p. 27. Retrieved 2019-02-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b Whitley, Carla Jean (20 October 2015). "Get to know Doris Marie Bender, a woman who shaped Alabama". AL.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ "Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame". The University of Alabama. Retrieved 2019-02-02.

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