An interest in generational diversity and an opportunity to witness the services provided to senior adults are some of the factors that piqued the interest of United Church Homes (UCH) intern, Dennis Kyles.
A recent political science graduate of Tougaloo College, Dennis decided to pursue his interest in the effects of public policy on affordable housing by getting hands-on experience as a service coordinator.
Dennis is currently serving the LeFleur Haven community in Jackson, Mississippi, connecting residents with person-centered services and helping them find the resources they need within their community. Dennis cites many reasons to spend his summer with United Church Homes, but the learning experience was the most valuable to him.
“I desired to witness the daily lives of senior adults and to learn the types of services they need,” Dennis said.
“I am passionate about where I place my effort, time and energy. I was looking for an opportunity to engage in the nonprofit service professional environment and United Church Homes has been the perfect opportunity for me to learn and grow.”
Dennis’ connection to United Church Homes stems from a relationship established between the organization and Tougaloo college where students gain professional experience in healthcare and other disciplines through the avenues of interning within UCH communities.
In the fall of 2020, UCH President and Chief Executive Office, Rev. Kenneth Daniel was presented a Presidential Citation for his lifelong work and commitment to senior healthcare and housing services.
“We believe we have a lot to offer young adults learning about our industry. We hope many of them will be inspired to pursue a future with us or others providing care and services to older adults,” said Daniel.
UCH currently has 8 interns serving in leadership, IT, advancement, finance and housing across 79 communities nationwide.