June 21, 2012
I interned at `R Kids family Center this past academic year in pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I remember my first day and I was greeted by worker Anushka Saadat. She was eager to explain to me her role as a social worker and the different types of service programs that r Kids provided to children and families. Furthermore, sharing an office with workers; Melanie Vitelli and Steve Ingram was an inspiration. They were always there for me, whenever I felt inadequate in my learning. Melanie would always say, “Your doing fine Court!” Steve stated, “You’re our hardest working intern yet!” Then having worker, Enna Garcia next door to us was a treat! She exposed me into learning how to work with children with multiple mental diagnoses and the importance of active listening. However, as a student and wanting to; embrace my passion in working with children and families, I felt that prominent supervision was to the key and I received just that!! So, I bow and commend Anne Steers for her; instruction, leadership, and having a listening ear when I needed, despite her busy schedule. Also, for entrusting me with some of the most challenging cases. As a student and juggling a lot: when I entered the Center, Cindy Fernandez would always put a smile on my face; by greeting with such warmth and compassion. Finally, to the founder and visionary, Mrs. Randi-Rubin Rodriguez, I commend you and thank you for allowing me to become a part of this small, but powerful organization. `r Kids Family Center doesn’t just fulfill its mission, but also gives hope and life to children and families in the city of New Haven.
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