Bobby Harmening (’15), a Great Lakes Career Ready Intern, and Liz Jendra (’16) (Tinley Park, Illinois), a Valder scholar, brought their talents to Pueblo, Colorado over the summer for volunteer efforts with Posada, an organization that helps the homeless of Pueblo.
“Posada has had the best summer with Liz and Bobby,” said Posada’s executive director, Anne Stattelman (’83). “It’s great to have such fresh and positive energy at the agency. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the human resources that Loras College has committed to Posada.”
Harmening, who recently graduated from Loras with a degree in social work, worked on a team of volunteers who visited Pueblo’s homeless camps every Monday to pass out necessities including water, bug spray and personal hygiene products. He also assisted Posada with keeping a current estimate of where the camps are located using GPS data from smart phone applications. The data is shared with first responders in the city and county of Pueblo. Additionally, Harmening provided support to Colorado Legal Services while at Posada.
Jendra, a social work major, assisted Posada staff during one of the busiest times ever in the history of Posada as she was responsible for providing case management and deciphering the homeless management information system. She also provided support to the entire agency and served as a mentor and case manager in the youth outreach program. Additionally, Jendra lent support to Centro de Los Pobres and the Mesa Library, where she provided a summer reading program for immigrant children.
“I had an amazing time at Posada. I learned so much about myself and work I could possibly be doing in the future,” said Jendra. “It was one of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever had and I am so grateful for the Valder family as well as my Posada family for giving me this opportunity.”