Lindsay in Dallas

Lindsay, a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in counseling, received a public service internship award from the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility this summer. She will perform her internship at Our Friends’ Place in Dallas, serving on the treatment team that works with girls and young women who have been neglected, abandoned or otherwise abused.

An experience to remember

My time at Our Friends’ Place has finally come to an end. This experience has meant so much to me and taught me so much. Without the assistance of the Maguire and Irby Family Foundation, I would not have been able to become a part of such an amazing organization.

Our Friends’ Place is a very special organization. This holds true not only for me, but for many, many other individuals. Our Friends’ Place changes the lives of young girls and women for the better. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make such an impact in the lives of many girls and young women.

I can honestly say that Our Friends’ Place has changed who I am, as well. I have learned to value hard work, even more than I had before. I have learned the value of helping the community around you. Public service is valuable, and I would definitely recommend public service opportunities for everyone. Volunteering and giving personal time toward a good cause is an extremely valuable experience. It strengthens the community and the soul.

Because I have valued my experience here at Our Friends’ Place so much, I have decided to stay on as a volunteer and PRN staff member. The relationships I have developed while at Our Friends’ Place will hold true for many, many years. The experience I have gained and the memories will last a lifetime!

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Preparing for the future

Hello all! I’m back with a short update.

I’m continuing to work with the staff at Our Friends’ Place, as well as working with the girls. I am enjoying my part in assisting this wonderful nonprofit organization on both sides of the spectrum. Working with the staff and assisting the treatment team have taught me a great deal about counseling, case management, and various types of therapies and interventions. On the other hand, working directly with the girls has taught me positive modeling skills.

Recently, I have been working with the Clinical Director and the treatment team. I have been very excited to learn how to write and organize treatment plans. This is something that I will be doing often in my future as a counselor and therapist. Our Friends’ Place has given me the opportunity to have some experience writing treatment plans so that I will be better prepared in the future!

I still have a few more days at Our Friends’ Place before my time is up, so I am looking forward to what time I have left. At the end of this week I will be heading to Taos to take a summer course in Counseling at the SMU-in-TAOS campus at Ft. Burgwin. I am very excited and looking forward to that experience, as well.

In the meantime, I will keep you updated during my final days at Our Friends’ Place.

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Hard work and fun at Our Friends’ Place

Hello, everyone! Just as I promised, I am posting a blog about my time spent at Our Friends’ Place and working directly with the girls.

First of all, I have to say that working with these girls has been nothing short of an amazing experience for me! I am proud to say that these girls have taught me just as much as I hoped to teach them. Strong-willed, bright, spirited, funny and courageous are all adjectives I would use to describe these adolescent girls.

The sense of unity between these girls is amazing, considering they are all in their teens. They are friends, roommates, and almost like family to each other. They encourage and praise each other just as real sisters or family members would do. I am so very impressed by what I see!

Our Friends’ Place is doing a great job teaching these young women responsibility, positive behavior, good decision-making skills and time-management skills. I am helping by teaching these young women how to take advantage of community and public transportation, resume and essay writing and compilation, positive thinking and attitudes, organization, smart decision-making skills, and interviewing skills, just to name a few.

As a group, we’ve taken many trips to places such as The Women’s Museum, local art galleries, The Holocaust Museum, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor and The Dallas World Aquarium. Each trip allows the girls to have fun, while learning something along the way. Entertainment can be educational as well!

My time at Our Friends’ Place is almost up; however, I plan to continue volunteering and assisting for OFP as needed. In the next couple of weeks, I will have more information and exciting news to share and blog about! I’ll keep you updated as more happens!

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So many opportunities to learn and help

Hello all! Now that I have been spending more time with those at Our Friends’ Place, I thought I would take some time to blog! As I mentioned last week, everyone at Our Friends’ Place has been so kind. They all have been just as respectful of me as a volunteer, as they are to their regular employees, as well as the girls and young women who they are there to serve.

While volunteering, I have had the opportunity to display the counseling skills I have developed while working on my Master’s, as well as learn new skills. I am assisting Our Friends’ Place’s program director with case management duties. I am learning so much about the girls whom Our Friends’ Place helps. I am also learning more about the field of social work, counseling and education. I have had the great opportunity to assist in organizing information regarding donations. It is great to see those who wish to help organizations like Our Friends’ Place by donating their time and items that are needed.

I expect to be working more closely with the girls in the very near future. I am sure that I will learn more about the organization, myself, and the girls in the days to come. I will make sure to fill everyone in on all of the great experiences to come! Please feel free to comment and send any questions you may have regarding Our Friends’ Place.
Thanks so much!

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Working at Our Friends’ Place

My time at Our Friends’ Place so far has been amazing! Everyone at OFP has been so good to me, taking me in as an intern volunteer for Summer 2008.

OFP is a small nonprofit organization that is run by only a handful of individuals. Although OFP is a small organization, they have HUGE heart. The work these individuals do for abused and neglected girls and young women is nothing short of amazing. I am truly so very impressed with everyone at OFP and the work that they do.

The exciting part for me is that, thanks to the Maguire Foundation, I have been given the opportunity to become a part of this meaningful work! So far I have been participating with OFP’s Program Director and Clinical Director with case management duties, such as intakes and treatment planning. My goal in volunteering for OFP is to assist a company or organization that is dedicated to the community and helping individuals and families within our community here in Dallas.

Fortunately, I am volunteering in an environment that will allow me to develop skills that are important to me and my area of study, counseling. So, while giving my time and energy to those at OFP, I am also trying to take in as much as possible. Not only is this a valuable experience of assisting and helping others, for me, this is also a valuable learning experience.

In the weeks ahead, I will be working more directly with the girls. With respect to confidentiality, I will not be sharing any personal information about these girls with you, however, I am looking forward to sharing positive and exciting experiences with you regarding fun activities and events that I will be assisting with and participating in!

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