Spring 2015 Supportive Service Interns

from left: Carla Feger, Lee Reisman, Luke Smith and Victoria Newcomb

LCBH welcomes four interns to the Supportive Services team for the Spring semester of 2015. These interns gain valuable professional experience while helping LCBH clients facing housing instability or possible homelessness.

Carla Feger – Carla is a first-year student at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During college, she studied psychology and took some education courses to learn more about equity concerns in education. As Carla continued her learning process, she served with City Year in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and mentored seventh-grade students who taught her a lot about the world. This experience affirmed her passion to work with students to help provide them with a rewarding experience and to achieve to the fullest potential. Carla decided to pursue a Masters in School Social Work and chose to intern with LCBH’s Supportive Services department to learn more about the housing issues that families face and how those issues significantly affect students’ lives, including their success in school.

Victoria Newcomb – Victoria is a first-year graduate student at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduating from Harvard College in 2012, Victoria taught first grade in Colorado and then worked as an Administrative Fellow at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Interning at LCBH has been an extremely rewarding experience for Victoria because it balances her dual interests in practice and policy. She finds that she is always learning something new from the resilient tenants and thoughtful colleagues with whom she gets to interact every day. In the future, Victoria plans to work in child and family counseling and policy.

Lee Reisman – Lee studied International Development and Anthropology at Tulane University. Afterwards she began working in the non-profit sector, for a transitional shelter for women and children and quickly found a passion for social justice. Lee wanted to learn more about social justice and at the same time, how to support families in need more effectively. Lee moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, were she could learn more about social work as a profession. The program placed her with LCBH as an intern in the Supportive Services Program.

Luke Smith – Luke is a first-year student at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Luke received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in anthropology, and he has an interest in integrating both social work practice and anthropological methodology for a cross-cultural approach. Originally, from Boston, Luke was eager to move to Chicago, to be able to experience a dynamic, world-class city with a new perspective. Luke is enjoying his internship at LCBH, particularly the ability to work in an environment that is cross-disciplinary, as it provides the opportunity for constant challenges and learning experiences.