Morgan Murphy - What I'm Doing With My Summer
The Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered and Abused Women (Minneapolis, MN)
The Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered and Abused Women (Minneapolis, MN)
Tue, Jul. 20, 2010 - [Women's Volleyball]

Morgan Murphy, and All-Iowa Conference Honorable Mention pick at libero/DS in 2008 when the Duhawks won the Iowa Conference title, returns to the volleyball roster in 2010. The Bloomington, Minnesota native is home and working at the Harriet Tubman Shelter in Minneapolis. Murphy led the team with 391 digs in 2008 and tied for the Loras lead with 35 aces. Dewey the Duhawk again handles the Q & A with Morgan!

Dewey Duhawk: What sport do you play at Loras?

Morgan Muphy: Volleyball

DD: What is your major/year are you at Loras?

MM: I'm going to be a senior with an International Studies Major and History minor

DD: Where is your summer position?

MM: I received the Loras Valder Scholarship through campus ministry which provides me with the opportunity to volunteer anywhere for my summer. So I chose the Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered and Abused Women in Minneapolis.

DD: Your living arrangements this summer?

MM: I'm living at home with my family.

DD: How did you learn about this position?

MM: I learned about this position from a class I took in high school. In this class we had to spend half of our school day volunteering somewhere in the community and I chose the Tubman Center. I fell in love with the people and the cause that Tubman focuses on and decided to go back there for this summer.

DD: So what is your official title?

MM: I am a resource counselor for the women in the shelter and any community members that come into the shelter for services.

DD: You took this position because…?

MM: It provided me with the opportunity to interact a lot with the women living in the shelter and gave me a lot of insight to the resources offered in Minnesota for domestic abuse. This position enables me to counsel women in crisis, and also allows me to provide them with various resources to help them get back on their feet again. I like the variety that the position offers me.

DD: Your primary job duties and responsibilities are…?

MM: I spend time answering and counseling crisis phone calls, working at the shelter desk, helping residents do job and housing searches, counseling walk-in clients, connecting residents and community with various resources throughout the Minnesota area.

DD: What's the best part about the job?

MM: The staff I work with at the shelter. They are all such amazing people filled with so much passion for the cause they are working for. I have met some truly inspirational people and enjoy working with them every day.

DD: The most challenging part of the job is?

MM: Counseling crisis phone calls and situations is by far the most challenging thing I have done here. I hear of so many unfortunate situations that are extremely heavy and hard to let go of at the end of the day.

DD: What is your favorite part so far?

MM: The one-on-one interactions I have with the residents and community members. I really enjoy helping them to move forward and out of the situations they are in. I really enjoy helping them with job applications and empowering them to move out of the shelter and into their own houses, apartments, etc.

DD: What were your parents interested in hearing about?

MM: Different situations that I handle everyday and how I solve them. They are also intrigued by what the environment is like at the shelter.

DD: What is one thing your team/teammates/coaches at Loras taught you that you are taking into this position is?

MM: How to work together for one common goal and purpose. They have also taught me how to work through the tough times and communicate with my coworkers. This type of work takes a lot of teamwork and without it this work is very exhausting. Constant communication and openness with each other is always key in this environment. I believe my coaches and teammates have heavily influenced me and helped me develop these strong characteristics.

DD: One thing you've learned that you'll take back to the team/teammates/coaches at Loras is?

MM: If a group of people whole-heartedly believes in a cause, and is willing to do anything for that cause, truly amazing things can happen.

DD: How is this internship preparing you for your future?

MM: It has provided me with an opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. I have learned so much from these women and am constantly learning how to connect with people no matter what their background or situation in life is.

Thanks to Morgan and Dewey for their time, and keep up the very important work you are doing for the women in Minneapolis Morgan!