Welcome to LCBH’s Social Work Interns

LCBH’s 2015-2016 social work interns (from left to right: Nicol, Samantha, Sylvie, Emily, Aileen, and Mary)

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is proud to introduce our six 2015 – 2016 social work interns who will be assisting LCBH clients with wraparound services to help to break down housing barriers. They will be here at LCBH through the spring and are excited to learn and assist in the struggle for affordable housing and we are excited for their help!

Mary Difino – Mary is a first year student at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago . After working and volunteering with Chicago Public Schools in the Austin and Cabrini Green neighborhoods, Mary decided to pursue a degree in School Social Work to become a better equipped and informed advocate for Chicago’s youth. She hopes to one day take the skills she has acquired to serve the Native American population of Northern Minnesota.

Nicol Elio – Nicol is in her final year of the Masters of Social Work Program at DePaul University. Nicol is originally from New York and has had many new experiences while in Chicago. She wants to become a social worker in order to help those less privileged. She is looking forward to gaining a macro level experience at LCBH.

Aileen Kelleher – Aileen is a first year graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. Aileen decided to be a social worker after working at a community-based organization in Chicago for six years. She loved fighting for social justice but she wanted to explore it through the transformative relationships that develop in social work. Her experience as an intern at LCBH has been interesting and exciting, thus far. She has been given an amazing set of skills and resources that she is already using to collaborate with clients on their housing goals.

Samantha Kemp – Samantha is a first-year social work student at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. She is interested in becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the future and would love to work in an impatient/outpatient setting. Samantha was interested in interning at LCBH because of her experience with a close relative struggling repeatedly with homelessness. She hopes she can use the skills and knowledge of resources that she develops here in order to help her current and future clients.

Emily Kitchen – Emily is a first year graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. She graduated from Indiana University in Nonprofit Management and moved to Chicago this summer from Washington, DC. She is interested in working in a hospital setting helping people navigate the health care system. Since starting at LCBH, Emily has been working with clients to find affordable and safe housing. She is excited to learn more about affordable housing issues in Chicago!

Sylvie Zhuang – Sylvie is a first year graduate student at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She is originally from Beijing, China and moved to the US to attend college. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is interested in using interdisciplinary methods to study critical social problems. She is passionate about art and is a member of the Ballroom and Latin Dance Association at University of Chicago and University Ballet Chicago.