Supportive Services Class of 2014

This year LCBH’s Supportive Services program is very fortunate to have six amazing interns to help us out.

Lizzie Buehler – Lizzie is a first year graduate student at Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. She graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Sociology and knew that she wanted to continue her education in social services. Last year, she worked as an advocate at the Milwaukee courthouse helping people file restraining orders. She was interested in continuing to work within the legal context as an advocate, which is what led her to LCBH. Lizzie says, “Working at LCBH has taught me so much about housing issues in the Chicago community and I have learned a lot about the power of advocacy within that context.” She goes on, “The work we do makes a real difference in peoples’ lives, and I am so happy to be at LCBH!”

Caitlin Cubbon – Caitlin is a first year graduate student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After spending a couple of years enjoying the California sun, Caitlin is happy to be back at home in the Midwest and feels fortunate to be living, working, and learning in Chicago, a city that continually inspires her. “Interning at LCBH has been an amazing experience; learning about the landscape of social services in Chicago, working with a great team that challenges and supports me, and seeing how different systems interact to impact our tenants,” says Caitlin. She feels, “The lessons learned from tenants, however, are the most valuable lessons because they’ve help me grow as a social worker, and as a human being, more than a textbook ever could.”

Katy Fohrman – Katy is in her first year at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. Katy finds LCBH to be an excellent fit for her interests in both direct service and policy. As a part of the relatively small Supportive Service team, she has had the opportunity to dive right into working with tenants as well as collaborating with staff and other interns. Katy says, “LCBH has not only increased my own awareness of housing instability in Chicago, but has allowed me to be a part of an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve.”

Shannon Skahan – Shannon is a first year graduate student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where she is studying clinical social work. She is interested in pursuing both medical social work as well as family counseling after she earns her degree. Shannon finds it very humbling and rewarding to work at LCBH because she is afforded the privilege of learning from tenants on a daily basis. The ability to help tenants to find housing as well as embrace some of their more personal inner conflicts continues to be some of Shannon’s favorite elements of working as an intern this year. “It feels good to know that I’m making a difference in the lives of others and that they are making a difference in mine as well,” says Shannon.

Sally Walstrom – Sally is a first year graduate student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, concentrating on administration and policy. Previously, Sally worked at the Yale Women Faculty Forum, doing university-based diversity research and development. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2012. Originally from the East Bay, California, Sally is excited to be in Chicago and working at LCBH!

Blake Wilkinson – Originally from Lexington, KY, Blake is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he studied English and Political Science. Before moving to Chicago, Blake worked at the University of Kentucky in positions with the Department of Pediatrics, the University Press, and the Human Development Institute. Last year, Blake interned with Heartland Health Outreach on the FACT project, which centers on systems integration and removing barriers faced by homeless families. This spring, Blake will begin his final semester of grad school at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. He has found his internship at LCBH to be incredibly rewarding, and after completing his MSW, Blake would like to continue working on housing issues in Chicago.