Assisting Community Members Reach Self-Sufficiency

Globe-La Crosse Health Care Management Students Support the Salvation Army

Cinda Todd of the Salvation Army accepting the Community Resource Manual from Thomas, Globe University Student.

Cinda Todd of the Salvation Army accepting the Community Resource Manual from Thomas, Globe University Student.

The Salvation Army provides food, housing, and one-on-one support to community members in need. At times, consumers utilizing the Salvation Army have to wait before meeting with a case worker to discuss community resources. Globe University Instructor, Rhonda Staats, saw this as an opportunity to develop a service learning project to assist the Salvation Army in reaching out to their consumers.

To provide community resource information to Salvation Army consumers, Staat’s collaborated with the Salvation Army to identify the needs of the organization and to understand how her class could assist them in meeting their needs. To accomplish these goals, she divided her class into teams. Each team was responsible for researching community resources that were available for Salvation Army consumers. Students collected information on family resources, employment services, medical resources, and transportation assistance available in La Crosse and Monroe counties.

After the students completed their research, they designed a resource manual for Salvation Army staff to use with consumers to help them locate beneficial services. The manual was carefully edited, designed, and organized by the students so that it was user friendly.

Health Care Management Students and the Salvation Army.

Health Care Management Students and the Salvation Army.

The class presented the resource manual to Salvation Army staff and shared with them the steps they took to collect and compile the information, as well as how they managed a comprehensive class project. The Salvation Army was thrilled with the project and very grateful for a new tool to assist community members in need.

In addition to supporting the Salvation Army, the service learning project provided a great opportunity for a hands-on learning. “The students received professional experience in managing a large project from inception to completion. This is an important and useful skill to have as they graduate with the Health Care Management degree from Globe University. Additionally, these students learned about the broad array of local resources
available to assist people to become independent and productive members of the community,” said Rhonda Staats, Health Care Management Program Chair at Globe University.