Every year, Chai Point Senior Living hosts a social work intern as a part of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Social Work Master’s Degree program. This semester, we welcome Sarah Breach. Sarah interns at Chai Point on Mondays and Tuesdays. In recognition of Social Work Month, we spoke with Sarah and invite you to get to know her too.

Liz Brach: How did you come to be interning with our organization?

Sarah Breach:I’m earning my master’s degree in Social Work at UWM, and an internship is part of the program. I was placed here, and I’m working closely alongside Carolyn Schuman and Dana Rubin-Winkelman, both social workers at Chai Point. I started interning at the end of January 2016 and I’ll be here through August. So far, it’s been such a great experience!

LB: What will you be doing during your time with us?

SB: I’ll mostly be working one-on-one with the residents here, and I’ll also be working directly with the families. I’m really excited to be here helping the residents.

LB: Tell us about how you decided to study social work.

SB: It’s in my blood. Both my mom and my sister are social workers. I did my undergrad at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Sociology and Social Welfare. After I graduated, I worked for three years as a caregiver for seniors in the community. After working for a few years, I decided that it was time to go back to school for Social Work.

LB: Though it’s early in your internship, could you tell us about something you have learned?

SB: So far, it’s been interesting to learn about the idea of ‘aging in place.’ It’s something that I hadn’t thought about before, and thought that it mostly had to do with people staying in their homes. Now that I’m here, I see that this is such a wonderful facility for people because they don’t have to move across town to a different place when their needs change. They can stay here and still have their friends stop by for a visit.

LB: Where are you from?

SB: I’m originally from Racine, Wisconsin. I’ve been living here in Milwaukee since I graduated from UW-Madison, and I’m here on the East Side. I really do like it here in Milwaukee and definitely plan to stay after I get my master’s.

LB: What do you like to do in your free time?

SB: I stay pretty laid back! I like to read science fiction and fantasy books, play video games, listen to music, and I also like to play the violin.

Photo: Sarah and Chai Point Senior Living resident Elaine Hornick share a laugh and conversation.