9th Class, 2002-2003
Field Placement: Idaho Community Action Network (Boise, ID)
Molly developed and implemented a training program for members of the ICAN Local Food Program steering committees. She also created a database containing statistical information on hunger indicators and social programs that address poverty inIdaho’s forty-four counties. Molly also conducted home visits with ICAN members to gain an understanding of their needs and interests.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Fixing Food Stamps: Two simple Changes State Leaders Can Make to Address Idaho’s Hunger Problem, an analysis of the Food Stamp Program in Idaho, including interviews with low-income families, suggesting that the implementation of two state options—eliminating the vehicle asset test when determining eligibility, and removing cumbersome reporting and recertification procedures—would dramatically increase participation in the Program.
Policy Placement: National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, DC)
Molly helped to co-edit NCH’s 2002 annual Hate Crimes report as well as a four-year study on hate crimes committed against people experiencing homelessness. She also worked on the national Bringing America Home Act (BAHA) campaign. BAHA is a comprehensive bill designed to end homelessness in the United States.
Molly grew up in South Texas along the U.S./Mexico border and graduated in 2002 with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in history from Tulane University. While at Tulane she worked for three years with Habitat For Humanity and one year at Ozanam Inn, a men’s homeless shelter in downtown New Orleans. Molly also served as the project coordinator for the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness and Action Team at Tulane her senior year.