Hila Revah: Lending an Ear

“I think you’re born to be a social worker...social work chooses you.”

December 10, 2015
HILA REVAH: I completed my master's later in life. I promised myself when my youngest was in first grade, I would do it. I've done many incredible things in life, but I was still feeling that inner child saying I want to make a difference in the world. I think you're born to be a social worker and social work chooses you.

It sounds funny when I tell people that dance fitness spiraled me into social work, but it did. It really did, because you get to know people and you get to know their stories. I wanted to take people away from whatever they were dealing with and give them an hour of music, of connection, of spirituality, of fun.

People have said, your smile is contagious. And that's a huge compliment to me, because I hope that people feel comfortable to come to me and know that I'm here to listen. Social work makes a difference in people's lives. It gives them a chance to be heard, a chance for someone to empathize and a chance for someone to empower.

And I want people to know that I am here to listen. And I'm here to help carry their burden. When you become a single mother, you go through a major transition. Getting an education at a time where life was very difficult meant so many things. It meant going against some odds. Getting up on the stage, it meant a completion, a success. Something completely humbling.

But when you go through a life transition, it really opens up your heart to all kinds of people going through different hardships. I'm hoping to impact my clients by being the lending ear. Sometimes the power of listening is all somebody needs. That's something that is not hard for me to do.

What started as “an hour of music, spirituality, fun,” led to connections and a therapy of sorts.

It’s that element of connection that drew her to social work. In this field, though, she’s not helping her clients forget their issues—she’s helping them work through them.

“It gives [people] a chance to be heard, a chance for someone to empathize, and a chance for someone to empower [them],” says the 2015 graduate of Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). “I want people to know that I'm here…to help carry their burden.”

And as a single mother with three young daughters, Revah is no stranger to burdens—she rode the rollercoaster of life’s ups and downs while in graduate school. Eventually, she succeeded in not only fulfilling her dream of earning her master’s from GSSW, but becoming class valedictorian.

This is Hila Revah’s story.