Dordt College News

Dordt group examines Maurice

October 26, 2011

Written and published by Sioux Center News. October 19, 2011.

Four Dordt College students are taking a close look at the community of Maurice during the 2011 fall semester through a social work class.

Through the study, the group interviews several local residents and must eventually focus on the community’s strengths and weaknesses. The group began working on Maurice in September.

“The people that we talked to have all been quite helpful,” said Jessica Ten Napel, one of the students. “It’s been a lot of fun to learn about the community.”

As part of the plan that students must formulate, they also must identify a need and formulate a realistic plan for the community to meet that need. For Maurice, the group identified the need of a convenience store and gas station.

“Each of the people we interviewed talked about the lack of a convenience store and gas station,” De Jong said. “Most of them were quite positive about the community, though.”

Another common theme, they said, was the strength of the Maurice First Reformed Church in the community, which has 750 members in a community of just 250 people.

The group includes Ten Napel, De Jong, Yaby Doornink, and Emily Hoogland. All four are from Sioux County, although none are from Maurice.

The plan that the students put together will be revisited by another class in five years. The class is social work practice with communities and organizations.

“We’ve learned a lot about Maurice,” Ten Napel said. “People really care about its future. People are active and caring. It’s like a family.”

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