Katrina Swain, a Clayton State University senior psychology major, was recently awarded a plaque for her service to the homeless by Sonia Davis, coordinator of Homeless Education Programs for Clayton County Public Schools.
Swain started serving a three-days-a-week internship with the Homeless Education Department (HED) in January of 2012, helping to organize supplies for homeless students, packing book bags and selecting uniforms and other available supplies requested by school social workers. She also helped with special projects for students.
Swain volunteered at one of the county's homeless shelters, Calvary Refuge Center, to learn first-hand what happens to families in search of housing. During one of her nights volunteering, Swain met a family that had contacted HED for assistance.
"Having met them at the shelter made their requests for services at the HED office more personal for me," Swain says.
Fittingly for a student where dreams are made real, Swain was the initial contact to schools regarding a special project known as “Dreams Do Come True,” the inaugural project for First Baptist Church of Lovejoy which provided free prom dresses, shoes and accessories to high school juniors and seniors in good standing. Swain contacted counselors at high schools to invite juniors and seniors to participate in the project. More than 20 young ladies from CCPS high schools participated in the project.
Once the project ended, Swain used pictures taken by Homeless Education Department staff to create a special visual presentation showcasing the beautiful young ladies in their prom attire.
A non-traditional student at Clayton State, Swain is prepared to make a difference once she earns her degree. She recently added starting a homeless shelter as one of her goals.