For Immediate Release
September 23, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY-The Department of Social Work at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, joined others in the Rochester area Sept. 20 at the Blue Cross Arena for a unique volunteering event. Fifteen undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, and 10 faculty members represented the Brockport community at a homeless assistance program called Project Homeless Connect.
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event with the goal of providing information and access to essential services such as housing, employment, legal and medical care to the homeless in Rochester. Brockport social work students joined members of the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program through Nazareth College in Rochester to assist and guide individuals around the event. Upon arrival, families in need were met by a student or community member, completed a needs assessment, and were led to the required areas by their guide. This one-on-one time with families offered both a rewarding and educational experience for social work students.
“The Department of Social Work has a commitment to meeting the unmet needs of the Rochester community, both individuals and families,” said Jason Dauenhauer, the department’s chair. “The opportunity for students and faculty to come together at this event and provide services for needy people further promotes the goals of the department and the College’s dedication to service.”
Heather Packer, an undergraduate student, spent considerable time coordinating and recruiting students to attend the event. “It is important as a social work student to volunteer and gain experience working with individuals within our community of diverse backgrounds and assist our community members. I hope that Project Homeless Connect showed people in need that there are caring people, students and professionals in Rochester that want to help and improve the quality of their lives,” Packer said.
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