'12, BA, Social Work
Case Manager and Housing Specialist
Harbor House 300 Beds Inc.
"One of the main reasons why I pursued a social work degree was to help people turn failure into achievement, rather than letting their obstacles overcome them," notes Connie. "My own personal struggles and triumphs inspired me to uplift others, to provide and show them examples of how to achieve your dreams."
At Harbor House, Connie works with a client base of 13. A private organization that assists homeless and chemically-dependent women in the Toledo area to sustain their recovery, Connie and her coworkers help clients gain self-esteem, self-sufficiency, permanent housing, a productive place in society, and the opportunity to reunite with their children. Connie's weekly duties include documentation of residents' meetings at outside locations, making referrals to outside agencies, and documenting progress notes, incidents should they occur, and individual sessions. She regularly assists her clients obtain medical, dental, food or cash assistance, and also accompanies residents to court, crisis intervention and group sessions.
A former TRiO student, she is currently taking a brief reprieve in her pursuit of her graduate degree. "Having simultaneously pursued my degree full-time while working full-time, I needed just a small break," she adds with a smile. The advice she offers current social worker students is simple. "Remain true to your calling. As 'Change Agents,' it is important to utilize your abilities when working with people who are dealing with the realities of their world and society as a whole. Also, always remember that we as social workers can effect change at any level."