Our Economic Empowerment Program is pleased to introduce Jemila Hart, our new MSW intern!
Jemila attends Portland State University and has experience in asset building and is actively involved in the local arts community.
Bradley Angle is happy to have Jemila as a new member of the team!
Below is a light-hearted Q&A with Jemila!
Q: What is your role at Bradley Angle and how did you get involved?
Answer: I am the MSW Student Intern for the Economic Empowerment Program at Bradley Angle. I happened to get involved through my Masters of Social Work program at PSU and Cassie Russel (EEP Program Manager) is my field instructor. I have done some asset building in the past and wanted to see how it relates to survivors of domestic violence.
Question: What is your history working with economic empowerment?
Answer: I have worked for the last 12 years with the housing authority of Clackamas County. A part of that program was to connect housing residents with IDA savings accounts and coordinate with employment supportive services in the county.
Question: Why do you believe this program is important for survivors of DV?
Answer: It makes since that survivors of domestic violence need financial stability in order to move forward in their lives to support themselves and their family. A lot of survivors are using the EEP program to go back to school or start a business. This is an important part of healing and hope that Bradley Angle provides. I want to be a part of that!
Question: Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
Answer: I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger in West Africa. I did a lot of community based work focusing on micro-financing for groups of women.