Changing people's lives
“Just because I’m looking at somebody who is one way right now doesn't mean they’re gonna be this way forever.”
Manhattan native and Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of '08 alumnus Erik Tischler cares for a diverse population at several facilities in New York’s Hudson Valley region, including the ER and psych units in the Bon Secours hospital system. Given his roots, it’s a position in which he’s right at home.
Growing up in NYC’s Lower East Side, he connected with the ethnic, racial and religious diversity of his unique surroundings. “I started searching for who I am among all these different kinds of people,” he remembers. And through his work with patients and clients, Tischler—who sums himself up as “a helper”—is not only leading others toward their individual development, but finding revelation in his own search for deeper meaning.
“Part of my personal growth and professional growth is to see a reality where everybody’s very beautiful and special and needed in the world,” he says. “I think the greatest thing I bring is the real respect I have for every human being.”
This is Erik Tischler’s story.