Beacon Hill Village is a membership organization designed and created by older adults to serve that population. Connors (MSW ’10) discusses the impact BCSSW students have had on the Village.
Alumni board member Bisrat Abebe, ’05, has spent his career providing crisis intervention and support to individuals and families in communities, behavioral health clinics, and hospital emergency room settings. Recently, he sat down with Innovate to discuss his commitment to the board and his alma mater, and his hopes for the School of Social Work moving forward.
Over the course of the past year, a team of researchers led by Boston College Social Work Professors Margaret Lombe and Samantha Teixeira compiled a comprehensive report assessing outcomes for youth who have participated in the Catholic Charities Teen Center at Saint Peter’s in Dorchester, the largest and most diverse neighborhood of Boston.
Monies were distributed. Technology build-out and support was delivered. Projects were evaluated on an ongoing basis. Social innovation training was provided. And now, the winning entries in the inaugural Innovating with Families (IF) Challenge are presenting the fruits of their labor.
Dispatches from the Field is a monthly feature at Innovate@BCSW designed to showcase the school’s commitment to field education, and to fostering fruitful relationships with organizations, both in Boston and around the world, who are providing critical services to those living at the margins of society.
In a recent a ceremony held in South Boston, this unique collaboration between BCSSW and the UWMB, called the IF Partnership, presented awards to HomeStart, Children’s HealthWatch, and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership to identify innovative, cost-effective, and feasible ideas to reduce family homelessness in the state.
Marie Downey’s journey to success through service has unfolded along a unique and personal path. As one of eight siblings growing up in South Boston in the 1950s and 60s, she was the first in her family to earn a high school degree. Today, she is a leader in her field, providing opportunity and a better life for many of the hotel workers in the City of Boston.
This year, that student is Kaiti Jones, a first-year MSW candidate who will be working with Boston Mayor Walsh’s Office of Resilience & Racial Equity during a paid 10-week summer internship.
The main objective of Garcia-Ornelas’ placement is to work directly with the population of inmates at the Suffolk County House of Corrections who are living with various mental disorders.
Each year, more than 500 BCSSW students provide upwards of 300,000 hours of service, while gaining a unique perspective on the world in which they will work following graduation, through apprenticeship, mentoring, and on the ground experience.