Students from Dr. Jim Huber’s Professional Orientation and Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists course constructed handmade fleece baby blankets to donate to the Bucks County Women’s Shelter in Doylestown, Pa.
"Late in the Fall Semester, when graduate students are busy managing their own lives, families, jobs, coursework, research papers, and exams, there is a palatable calmness and serenity that transforms the classroom when we pause for an hour to make the blankets,” Huber said. “Students are spread out on the floor cutting and tying their chosen fabric, yet connected in conversation, laughter, and a shared sense of purpose. Like the students they are now, no two blankets are the same. Like the marriage and family therapists they will become, their efforts help make the world a better place."
The service learning project, which was started by Huber in 2011, is designed to emphasize the importance of marriage and family therapists giving back to the community through humanitarian activities or pro bono services, as specified in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics, one of the key resources studied in the course.
Students purchase the required materials out of their own pocket and along with Huber’s directions, create the blankets.
"Christine Runowski, a former LRC librarian at Newtown campus, always delivered the fleece blankets to the shelter for us,” Huber said. “She would tell us touching stories of the joy and gratitude expressed by the women upon receiving the soft, colorful blankets for their infants and children. One women, holding her child when the blankets were distributed, broke into a smile and tears as she wrapped her baby and herself in the warm embrace of a blue and green chameleon print fleece. That woman and her reaction are why we do it each semester."