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Shaw Department of Social Work Partners with Non-profit Children’s Program

December 30, 2011 – Bridges, RHA Howell’s Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP/C), has announced its new partnership with the Shaw University Department of Social Work’s internship program.

“Bridges is honored to partner with such an outstanding university and looks forward to continue this relationship into the future,” said John Gibbons, program director.

The program allows Social Work students to interact with clients of the agency or the organization where they are placed, to help coordinate family support, and to learn about community resources.

Students in the program work a minimum of 16 hours per week in the field agency to which they are assigned, 240 hours per semester for a total of 480 hours.

The first intern from Shaw, Salima Hines, began at the Bridges program in September. Manina McNeil, assistant professor and coordinator of field education at Shaw, worked with the RHA Bridges staff to obtain the internship opportunity for Hines.

RHA Howell is a statewide, non-profit organization that that has been working with children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years. The RHA Bridges program provides the “bridge” between families and services they need, working with the Department of Social Services, the Division of Medical Assistance, physicians, therapists, and in-home care providers. Bridges also provides CAP/C services for medically fragile children through age 21.

Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw is a private, co-educational liberal arts university that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.