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Beth Brandes will retire as assistant director of Catawba County Social Services on July 31 following 25 years of service and a lifetime of advocacy for children and under-served populations.
She oversees child welfare programs, prevention services, special community-wide initiatives and Family NET, which provides mental health services to children and youth. Some of the prevention programs she supervises include school-based social workers and therapists, consultation with 50 day care centers and The Backpack Program for children facing food insecurity.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.