Putting “Educate for Service” into Practice

by Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L

21 students who volunteered with Rebuilding TogetherThis past semester, 21 senior Occupational Therapy students had the opportunity to collaborate with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that helps people in the community stay in their homes by providing home safety evaluations and home repairs. Students completed home safety evaluations for clients in the greater Harrisburg area, and provided written reports to Rebuilding Together with recommendations for improving safety and fall prevention. This collaborative project allowed the students to utilize and apply their skills learned in their current practice course related to home evaluations and modifications in a real-life, meaningful context. 

The Elizabethtown College OT Department looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Rebuilding Together in the future, and already has plans for volunteering on home repair projects in the spring. For more information on Rebuilding Together, visit  http://www.rtgh.org
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About Debbie Waltermire

As an Assistant Professor in the O.T. Department, I have taught courses in Group Process, OT Administration/Management & Supervision, and Psychosocial Interventions. My clinical background is in adult psychiatry, esp. schizophrenia. My research includes sensory processing in schizophrenia and sensory factors in vocational environments, and the impact of congenital heart defects on occupational performance in children and adolescents/young adults. Family centered care, health care policy, and public health are also within the realm of my professional work.

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