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Meeting with Pregnant Homeless Woman Spurred Social Work Career

Charity Quinn practices guitar with her husband Jerod. Photo courtesy of the Missourian.

Cheers to the Missourian newspaper for this profile of social worker Charity Quinn, executive director of My Life Clinic in Columbia, MO.

My Life serves women who have unplanned pregnancies, providing them with medical consultation, vitamins, ultrasounds and other services. Quinn, 28, switched her major to social work after working with the homeless in Miami.

She came upon a homeless woman who was pregnant and had been abused by her husband.

“That day, she discovered a new sense of compassion for others,” reporter Aimee Hall wrote. “The episode in a homeless camp near South Beach would change the course of her life.”

The article is unique because it looks at Quinn’s personal life and how it relates to her attitudes toward social work. Quinn and husband Jerod are expecting a baby and she will soon resign her post. However, she plans to continue social work.

Social workers help clients become better parents. To learn more, click here to visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Healthy Parenting Web page.

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