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Patricia VanderVeen

(269) 870-6702 | patti.vanderveen@gmail.com

Professional Summary
Empathetic and caring Social Worker with experience working with diverse populations to achieve better
mental, physical, and emotional health.

Education
DEGREE SEEKING | GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
· Master of Social Work
· Expected graduation April 2019

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK| 2018 | GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Related Experience
INTERNSHIP | GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS | AUGUST 2018 -
PRESENT
· Collaboration and partnership with eight agencies in the Employment Services Collaborative
· Community outreach
· Career coaching
· Resource navigation
· Develop and edit program policies

COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER LEAD | GIVING IS LIVING | 2013 - PRESENT


· Build social connections with the homeless population in Grand Rapids, MI.
· Lead street teams of volunteers.
· Network for necessary supplies.

HOUSING CASE MANAGER | GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES | APRIL 2018 – AUGUST 2018
· Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) for Ottawa County
· Case management with clients in a rapid rehousing program.
· Address barriers to getting/maintaining stable housing.

INTERNSHIP | GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES | AUGUST 2017 – APRIL 2018


· Complete intake assessments and determine appropriate services and resources.
· Case management experience with clients in permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing.
· Engage with landlords to encourage and advocate for affordable housing.
· Licensed in the HMIS database.

VOLUNTEER | GIRL SCOUTS, HEART OF MICHIGAN | AUGUST 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2018


· Leadership skills enhanced through Scout Leadership Training courses.
· Organized community enrichment projects.
VOLUNTEER | HEARTSIDE MINISTRY | SEPTEMBER 2016 – APRIL 2017
· Tutor in the Bridging the Gap GED program.
· Mentor, tutor, and encourage students to continue their education.

Certifications
QPR 04/12/2017
· Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention gatekeeper training
· Training Provided by Health West

THE GRAND RAPIDS RED PROJECT 12/01/2016


· Trained in Drug Overdose Prevention and Response
· Renewal Date 10/01/2019

Skills & Abilities


LEADERSHIP
· Goal-driven leader who supports a productive environment and confidently influences, rallies, and
encourages peers to meet high performance standards.
· Problem-solver who can produce practical solutions and resolve conflicts.
· Creative team player who excels at developing relationships with clients and co-workers.
· Excellent planning and organizational skills with an elevated attention to detail.

COMMUNICATION
· Communicates information effectively both verbally and in writing.
· Exceptional listener.
· Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.

WILLINGNESS TO LEARN
· Passionate, knowledge-hungry learner, ready to meet challenges and embrace new ideas.

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