Hellenic Graduate to Continue Studies in Social Work
Recent graduate Irene Drackley (BA '13) has been accepted to the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Central Florida, where she will continue her studies working with the homeless population – specifically the youth.
At Hellenic College, Irene majored in Human Development where she did her required practicum at Abby's House in Worcester, MA, a homeless shelter for women and children. As an intern, Irene worked overnight shifts.
As she relayed in her year-end presentation, "They're homeless, they're struggling ... drug addictions, family problems, divorce, situations going on in the house. It's all women and women go through a lot of struggles within themselves ... Most of the time I would stay up all night because the women didn't sleep."
She also worked with her onsite advisor to learn about grant writing and worked on a technology upgrade grant, in hopes of upgrading the technology at Abby's House for the staff, women, and children to use.
Ms. Drackley is originally from Jacksonville, FL and was referred to Hellenic College by Fr. Nick Louh (MDiv '99, ThM '00), priest at the HCHC Parish Partner Saint John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. She graduated Hellenic College after completing all of her Human Development Program requirements in just three years.
Ms. Drackley was a participant in the President's Challenge (a service learning course in which she also opted to work with homeless populations), secretary for the Psychology Club, a teaching assistant for various psychology courses, and a subject-peer tutor volunteer.
We wish her continued success in her education and in her ministry to some of the most vulnerable members of society.