Supportive Services Summer 2013 Interns

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This summer LCBH’s Supportive Services program is very fortunate to have two new, and two returning interns to help us out.

Anais Cotillas is going into her junior year at the University of Illinois Champaign, where she is studying psychology. She is considering a career in social work or law. Anais is energetic and a quick learner and has jumped into working with our tenants with great enthusiasm! Anais’ says, “I unexpectedly found LCBH through surfing the internet. Never did I expect to find such a welcoming, dedicated group of people that make you want to come back every day and feel that you are making a difference in the lives of people you did not know the day before.”

Grace Pai is our Summer Links (see related story) intern. She is going into her senior year at the University of Chicago studying public policy. Grace has studied abroad in her family’s home country, Korea, as well as in Italy and France. She is working closely with our legal team on a vital public policy issue involving tenants living in buildings in danger of being shut down or becoming unaffordable. In Grace’s own words: “I chose to work at LCBH because I knew it would be a great place to engage with policy issues around affordable housing and tenants’ rights in Chicago. Everyone at LCBH deeply cares about their work, so I came to both learn from and contribute to the incredible work their team has done and continues to do. I learn something new every day!”

Loretta Maestranzi is a third year graduate student at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She did a GREAT job interning for us in the 2011-2012 academic year and called us this summer, asking if she could help out before she heads to Italy and China in late July. We are glad to have her back! When we asked Loretta why she came back, she said, “I am volunteering at LCBH this summer to yet again be a part of a positive energy force that propels the forward progression of the human condition.”

Evelyn Buehler is another former intern who earned her Master in Social Work from the University of Chicago in June of 2011. She is starting an exciting new business with her fiancé that made it possible for her to volunteer here two days a week this summer. She is already making a great contribution! Says Evelyn: “My first experience with LCBH was extremely influential for me. I was able to help tenants avoid homelessness while learning a tremendous amount about housing problems in Chicago. Now that I am able, I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to serve this great organization once again.”

Welcome to all four of you, everyone at LCBH hopes you enjoy your summer with us.