Touro College Graduate School of Social Work Takes Part in Eighth Annual 'HOPE' Survey

Date: January 31, 2012
Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond (left of center in black sweater with glasses) surrounded by students, faculty and alumni of Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work. For the fourth consecutive year, the Touro volunteers canvassed parks, subways and other public spaces as part of the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).
Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond (left of center in black sweater with glasses) surrounded by students, faculty and alumni of Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work. For the fourth consecutive year, the Touro volunteers canvassed parks, subways and other public spaces as part of the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).

New York, N.Y.– For the fourth consecutive year, students, alumni and faculty from Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work joined forces with more than 3,000 volunteers on the evening of January 30th to help survey the number of people currently living unsheltered in New York City.

After assembling at P.S. 116 in Manhattan, the Touro volunteers ventured out after midnight to canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces as part of the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).

“This is a teachable moment for our students, said Professor Elhanan Marvit, MSW, LCSW, director of administrative services for the graduate school. “By participating in this historic event every year, our social work graduate students are able to witness the problem of homelessness up front as well as see an educational and governmental institution partnering to help provide a solution."

“We appreciate the valuable support of the Touro College students,” said Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond. “This is a tremendous learning experience for them, and a great showing of community support. Without volunteers this critical event would not be possible.”

Approximately 25 students, faculty and alumni from the Graduate School of Social Work canvassed in midtown Manhattan, where they walked along streets and through parks and other public spaces with survey questions to determine if people they encountered were experiencing homelessness.

Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work program trains clinical social work practitioners who awaken and enliven the innate ability of individuals, families, and communities to meet their own needs and sustain their equilibrium, thereby enhancing their well-being. The program meets all academic requirements for both social work licenses: LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) and LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).