Veteran determined to help others

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By CARLOS FERRAND

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

After serving 16 years in the military, Jeff Schnoor returned to civilian life with the goal of helping those in need.

Although Jeff said he was never an addict, he wanted to help veterans returning from war cope without turning to alcohol or drugs.
“I don’t want to see anybody suffer the way I did.”

He said he began volunteering in the community in any way he could.

In 2010, he volunteered 530 hours to San Antonio Sports, helping to run the shuttle service for the 2010 Women’s Final Four. During the Rock‘n’Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, Schnoor was a team captain of a water station.

For all his contributions, San Antonio Sports named him the Leo & Chickie Rose Volunteer of the Year.

When he enrolled in college, he chose human services to focus on homeless and war veterans.

The department offers programs to earn an associate of applied science with a specialization in addiction counseling and substance abuse prevention.

When students complete the two-year program, they can begin addiction and prevention counseling.

Along with input of human services program coordinator, Dr. Edwin Bergen, professors, and fellow students, he wrote the club’s bylaws.

“The Human Services Club is open for anyone who cares and wants to help anyone other than themselves,” Schnoor said.

During the showcase Aug. 31, the club arranged for the San Antonio Police Department to bring out the Breath Alcohol Testing van, or BAT van, which allows students to see the effects of drinking without taking a sip.

The club also displayed a drug paraphernalia case that includes a mock presentation of popular drugs and the dangers of using them.

“We don’t want to lose students to alcohol and drugs,” Schnoor said.

The club has 43 members, and during the showcase, more than 170 people requested information, he said.

Schnoor said that no matter a student’s major, some part of it concerns human service and anyone wanting to make a profession of helping others should check out the department.

“Are you going to be the one who helps?” he asked.

The Human Services Club meets 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in Room 622 of Moody Learning Center every third Tuesday of the month starting Oct. 18.

For more information, call Schnoor at 210-875-6535 or Bergen at 210-486-1255.

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