MSSW Students Visit the South Jefferson Neighborhood Place

SJNP visit


The Neighborhood Place works with communities to provide blended and accessible health, education, employment and human services that support children, families and individuals in their progress toward self-sufficiency.  Tina Johnson took her SW 605 class on a very enlightening field trip to the South Jefferson Neighborhood Place on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Fairdale, KY.  

The students were initially taken on a tour of the facility to view the agencies that collaborate with the Neighborhood Place; Child Protective Services, Family Support, Jefferson County Public Schools, Centerstone (formerly known as Seven Counties Services) and many linkages to other viable resources in the community.

The NP Director, Ms. Polly Maher, spent time with the students after the tour, discussing history and highlights of the neighborhood place and her position as Director. She also answered any questions that students had regarding the available services. She ended with a fun exercise dividing the students into workgroups and had them build and name their own organizations. They had to answer questions regarding their organizations as far as what the culture of the organization, the issues addressed in the community, funding and the politics involved. The students were very creative during this exercise and expressed that they had a great time and learned a lot about the South Jefferson Neighborhood Place.


Tina M. Johnson, MSSW, MPA, MA.
University of Louisville
Kent School of Social Work
Part time Faculty