Social Work at the Heart of SON Ministries

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Kara Williams

OSU Social Work Intern 2015/2016

Serving Our Neighbors Ministries serves much of the Hilliard community through both the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids, and the Family ESL Program. As a social work student interning with SON Ministries, I have been blessed by having the opportunity to serve in the Kids Club program. This program specifically focuses on alleviating poverty by implementing the “strengths-based” perspective, a core belief of the social work profession. The strengths based perspective focuses on highlighting a person’s strengths rather than focusing on the “problem” or “weakness” or in this case, the challenges or potential limitations of poverty. Rather, SON Ministries strives to create a fun, joy-filled atmosphere that brings to light all these wonderful children are and have to offer. At Kids Club, we foster relationships built on common ground and hope. Through this, we are then able to establish trust with the children and learn more about what they dream about and who they want to become. I have had the pleasure of getting to know several Kids Club tween-agers (5th grade-8th grade). I have heard their amazing dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, astronauts and teachers. Knowing these hopes and dreams are instilled in them only further motivates me to foster their potential, and show them that I believe in them. I aim to create opportunities for them to expose their strengths, allowing them to recognize them on their own, maybe for the first time.

Through the activities SON Ministries offers at Kids Club, children are able to recognize that they are talented artists, athletes, students, and teammates, and that each of them is a resilient individual. Despite challenging circumstances that may seem impossible to overcome, SON Ministries displays that through God’s love and with a Hand Up, challenges such as poverty CAN in fact be overcome!

At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources and a hand up.

It’s a blessing to serve as an OSU social work intern.

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