Micah Ministries: Step Forward

Micah Ministries’ income development program, Step Forward, provides income-related services to
individuals experiencing homelessness by assisting with the disability application process and/or
offering employment and educational opportunities. This internship offers opportunities in direct
service, program development, and collaboration with community partners.

Duties

  • Complete a 20-hour online training course (https://soarworks.prainc.com/course/ssissdi-
    outreach-access-and-recovery-soar-online-training)
    Interviewing Micah guests about their medical, psychiatric, legal, substance use,
    employment, and persona medical, psychiatric, legal, substance use, employment, and
    personal histories, completing a Medical Summary Report, submitting all Social Security
    paperwork, and acting as a liaison between the guest, Social Security, and Disability
    Determination Services.
  •  Work closely with the senior Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability
    Insurance (SSI/SSDI), Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) worker on submitting a
    SOAR case.
  •  Work with a workforce development group and clients to empower Micah guests with
    barriers to employment. Interns will assist participants in developing work goals, identifying
    strengths and interests, interview role-plays, enhancing soft skills, and creating a “sales
    pitch” for their work skills to use with the job seeker.

Prerequisites

1. Must meet all UMW and Department of Psychological Science internship requirements.

2. Required courses:

  • PSYC 211 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 232 – Developmental Psychology: The Adolescent and Adult or PSYC 233 –Psychology of Aging

3. Recommended course:

  • SOCG 155- Social Issues

Assessment

  •  42 hours of work per credit hour (most interns do 3 credits with 126 hours of work)
  •  Grade is based on on-campus supervision, agency evaluation, reflective journal, and a final
    paper

Agency Contact
Lauren Dracoules
lauren@dolovewalk.net
Micah Ecumenical Ministries
1013 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Telephone: 540-760-2655
Web site: https://www.micahfredericksburg.org/ministries/hospitality-center/