We are thrilled to be hosting Zack Wells, an occupational therapy doctoral student at Saint Catherine University, who is currently completing his capstone project. For his project, Zack will complete a program evaluation for our Safe at Home program, which will help ensure our program runs smoothly.
Zack grew up in the Twin Cities and according to him, “therefore greatly enjoys aimlessly wandering the aisles at Target.” He likes to travel around the world, but one of his favorite spots has been the North Shore in Minnesota. Lastly, he loves trying new restaurants for his next favorite dish, which is currently a peanut pad thai.
As you may know, we are extremely proud of our partnership with St. Kate’s Occupational Therapy program! Through this partnership, we collaborate on service-learning projects that involve occupational therapy (OT) students screening potential clients, evaluating the homes of low-income older adults and individuals living with a disability for safety, and making recommendations for modifications designed to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries. Our volunteers and/or contractors then make the modifications that are within the scope of our programs. Zack participated in this service-learning work.
Zack said, “During my coursework, I did a home evaluation for Rebuilding Together and loved the experience. When we were choosing our projects and saw that Rebuilding Together was an option, I jumped at the opportunity to continue to work with them. I am very excited to help out and see where my project takes me!”
Our collaboration with St. Kate’s OT program has enabled us to provide accessibility modifications for low-income seniors and individuals living with a disability that are tailored specifically to their individual needs and home environment. As a result, we are able to better-serve our clients, allowing them to remain in their homes and neighborhoods for longer. We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to hosting Zack for his capstone project!