MTSU students’ efforts to devise a better way for Murfreesboro to help the homeless were the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Michael Sherr, chair of MTSU’s Department of Social Work, first aired March 28 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation above.
Sherr and his students are working with the city of Murfreesboro to study the concept of a centralized campus where social service agencies could establish satellite offices, creating a “one-stop” environment for many types of assistance.
Coordinating with the Homeless Alliance of Rutherford County, the MTSU contingent hopes to have a proposal to present to the City Council in May. One graduate student and two undergraduate students have been working with Sherr since January on the project, which is being funded with a $15,000 grant from the city.
The social work majors are gaining valuable internship experience at The Journey Home, 308 W. Castle St., working 20 to 25 hours each week with homeless individuals.
“The problem is getting worse,” said Sherr. “The city is getting bigger … [and] there are enough people, enough stakeholders from different parts of our community that need and want to make something happen.”
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.