Friday, June 21, 2013

Thanks for six great months, Tom!

Last January, Humanitarian Service Project welcomed Tom McCann to the family. It’s hard to believe how fast the last six months have gone by because today is his last day on the job. Tom can look back at his experience at HSP and know that his contributions have helped over a dozen senior citizens. When he was in the process of deciding where to do an internship he chose HSP because he wanted to give back to the community through his work.

Tom has been working under Tierney, Senior Citizen Project
Coordinator, for the last six months.
As an intern, his main tasks include writing senior updates for the Senior Citizen Program. Sponsors will read Tom’s updates and decide whether they will continue to provide money to seniors living in poverty in the Dupage and Kane country area. Tom’s updates include information on the senior’s background, their financial situation, and health status.

Tom has taken part in a multitude of projects and events at HSP, but his favorite memory was interviewing the senior citizens. There was one specific time when a senior told Tom that having someone to talk to really makes a difference in their life. Tom enjoyed that his job was making people happy.

Tom’s plans for the rest of the summer include finishing his summer semester classes at the Adler School of Psychology. He will work part time at his father’s company, McCann’s painting, where he will paint the interior and exterior of buildings as well as construct ramps for buildings to become wheelchair accessible.

Within the next year, Tom plans to graduate from the Adler School of Psychology with his Masters degree in gerontological counseling. This means that Tom will be counseling older adults, aged 55 and older. After graduate school, he would like to start his own private practice in Illinois.
We wish Tom all the best in his future endeavors, we know he will excel in his career.

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