MCH Family Outreach in Waco, located on the Methodist Children’s Home campus, recently teamed up with students from Baylor University’s School of Social Work enrolled in the Practice with Communities and Organization class this spring semester. This course allows students to learn about community based social work and how to practically fill those roles.
“As part of their semester project, the students are assisting the Waco Family Outreach staff in a local collaboration to facilitate a live simulcast, featuring Dr. Karen Purvis’s Empowered to Connect Conference,” said Brooke Davilla, director of MCH Family Outreach in Waco. “This conference is geared towards foster and adoptive families as well as community members and professionals who serve children who come from hard places.”
Davilla said the students visited the MCH campus “to learn about our history, current services and the population we serve. They were given a tour of the Perkins Heritage Home and Visitor Center and viewed a DVD about our youth. They also received items commemorating our 125th anniversary and the Development staff led the students in a big Baylor ‘Sic’em!’”
At the Waco Family Outreach office, MCH case managers facilitated a panel for the students to ask questions about their real-life experiences in the field of social work.
“The students left with a true sense of MCH’s mission to offer hope to children, youth and families,” Davilla said. “We are excited to bring the Empowered to Connect simulcast to Waco and share our passion for serving children. It is our desire that community collaborations and partnering with future social workers will spread the stories of ‘hope’ happening at MCH in Waco and all over Texas and New Mexico.”
For more information about the Empowered to Connect simulcast, click here.