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Social work spends spring break in Chicago

March 17, 2014

In honor of National Social Work Month, four students from MacMurray’s Social Work Program took a three-day, alternative spring break trip to Chicago.

From March 10 to March 12, MacMurray College partnered with the Brother Darst Center in Chicago, which provides immersion opportunities for college students through the lens of Christian social teaching. The MacMurray students spent a majority of the trip helping prepare food, serve meals to the homeless, study social service delivery and discuss social justice issues.

The students prepared community meals on a SNAP budget of $7.50 per meal, visited a men’s homeless shelter, and tutored disadvantaged children. They also had some fun eating Chicago deep dish pizza.

Jodi Williams, clinical assistant professor and director of the MacMurray Social Work Program’s field education, said “This spring break trip provided an amazing urban experience for our rural social-work program students. It was a transforming experience to witness the social justice work that occurs within the city of Chicago.”

Those attending the trip, pictured left to right, were (front) Rachelle Dennis, of Jacksonville, IL; and Peper Olive, of Palmdale, CA; (back) Sarah Neal, of Pawnee, IL; and Alexis Apodaca Fresquez, a Beardstown (IL) High School graduate; and Josh Grode-Walters, program director of the Darst Center; and MacMurray Social Work faculty member Jodi Williams. 

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