Empowering Change in Our Community

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic Year 2014/15


As I am beginning my Social Work internship with SON ministries, I had the opportunity to watch a video series from The Chalmers Center about poverty and how we can alleviate it through empowering individuals and communities. The videos define poverty as a “set of relationships that don’t work.” Ultimately, we are all fundamentally broken.  This video series suggests that the way we fix this brokenness and alleviate poverty is through asset-based development: focusing on the assets of individuals in the communities we work in and focusing on what these individuals can bring to the table in order to solve a problem.

As we begin the Family ESOL/Kids Club program on Thursday, many adults and children will be able to increase their knowledge and abilities through ESOL classes for adults and the homework help for children that we provide. Our hope is that children will be able to return to school feeling confident in their abilities and that adults will be able to integrate into their communities as empowered English speakers.

I’m eager to begin this internship with SON Ministries because I will get the chance to provide opportunities for individuals to BE the change they want to see in their community. I’m excited to be a part of SON as we together empower individuals to nurture their own DREAMS to alleviate poverty.

If you’re interested in watching the video series, here is a link!



At SON Ministries we nurture DREAMS to alleviate poverty.

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