MacMurray students choose alternative spring break
March 13, 2015
In honor of National Social Work Month, five students from MacMurray’s Social Work Program took a three-day, alternative spring break trip to St. Louis, MO.
From Mar. 9-11, MacMurray College partnered with The Bridge-Centenary Methodist Church in St. Louis, which provides immersion opportunities for college students through the lens of Christian social teaching, for their spring break trip. Social work 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 for the homeless, visited a substance abuse recovery center, toured Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, and visited a community mental health center. They also had some fun eating St. Louis frozen custard.
Joe Squillace, assistant professor and director of the Social Work Program, who also went on the trip, said, “This spring break trip provided an intensive immersion experience for our students. It was a transforming experience for students to engage with both social workers in professional settings, and with the clients that are served by them.”
Students attending the trip were Tawanda Berkley of Jacksonville, Reanna Orr of Beardstown, IL, Andrew Alvarez of Belleville, IL, Kylie Hagaman of Springfield, IL, and Roberto Martinez of North Hollywood, CA.
Pictured left to right: Tawanda Berkley, Reanna Orr, Andrew Alvarez, Sarah Beeler, Grants and Quality Manager of Queen of Peace Center in St. Louis, and Joe Squillace, Kylie Hagaman and Roberto Martinez.