“For As I Have Done for You, So You Must Also Do”
Michael J.S. Barga works with U.S. military veterans as a suicide prevention case manager for the Department of Veteran’s affairs. Prior to this position, he served soldiers who were wounded, ill, or injured and were transitioning either back to duty or to permanent veteran’s status and separation from the Army. For four years, Mr. Barga worked with formerly homeless individuals and families as a case manager for Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless in Gaithersburg, MD. Early in his career, he provided services for a variety of populations, predominately adults with thought disorder, as a psychiatric hospital social worker at Adventist Behavioral Health in Rockville, MD. He is a 2013 graduate of Catholic University’s MSW Program with a Clinical Health Concentration. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a Mercy Volunteer with the homeless outreach team of Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia, his first experience in the social services. He earned a B.A. in History and Music from Mount St. Mary’s in 2009.