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Effect of Social Worker Saves Home & Makes a Difference in Client’s Life

The Renew Group's President, Leven “Chuck” Wilson, remarkable work can date back to his time in Hawaii while earning his master’s degree in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. One of his cases involved a client who was diagnosed as bipolar, leading to her self-neglect and the deterioration of her eight-bedroom home in Kalihi. The structure had fallen into such disrepair, foreclosure proceedings were imminent. So guess what Chuck did? He decided to save the house.

Chuck met with Honolulu city officials to jump multiple hurdles, which included the non-payment of thousands of dollars in back taxes. He talked to church groups in the area, and social workers in the community. Then he took a deep breath and asked a local contractor,
Nan Inc., for its assistance in totally rebuilding the house at no cost to the homeowner. Talk about a long shot. But then the construction company said yes. “As our country is faced with economic challenges, there are many who have committed to service without pay or recognition,” marvels Chuck. “Through the efforts of so many—the School of Social Work, companies, churches, social workers and agencies—we have kept this person in her home, and the house out of foreclosure without a government bailout!”

Meet The Renew Group's President

Dr. Leven “Chuck” Wilson II is a respected social worker and entrepreneur with over 20 years of service and experience in the healthcare industry. His professional expertise includes gerontology, consulting in crisis management, and community development on a micro-macro-mezzo level. He serves on multiple boards and consults on business strategies, providing a targeted approach to corporate operations. His processes have been instrumental to many projects becoming prototypes for community initiatives.

Dr. Wilson is the President of The Renew Group, which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and transforming communities. Currently pioneering a program to address the lead crisis in Flint, they provide timely and useful support for a holistic impact through information, education and services. He is also the CEO and President of CPAG Inc., a healthcare business solutions firm providing case management, organizational development, and process transformation consulting utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Dr. Wilsonreceived recognition as Social Worker of the Year in 2013 citing his professional, social, and personal impact on the communities he serves. He travels to Haiti annually to assist in providing tents, medicine and tools used for daily living. His many partnerships include work with the Conservation Fund of North Carolina and the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to develop an Agriculture Center in a tier one county in northern North Carolina.

Dr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Virginia University of Lynchburg, has postgraduate work at Oxford Graduate School and is a former Faculty Member and Principal Investigator at the School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he developed and deployed a Multicultural Communications Series. He received recognition from the Senate and House Representative in Hawaii for his service to the underserved in the community.

Some of his major partnerships to address health, economic, social justice, and environmental disparities include healthcare providers, communities, municipalities, universities, National Football League, and ecumenical institutions nationally. He is also actively engaged in community development consulting initiatives with Moffitt Cancer Center, Town of Garysburg,
Eckerd Foundation, Veterans Affairs Administration, Office of Public Guardian, Department of Public Safety, Conservation Fund of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, Yale University School Development Program, DuskinAINOWA Foundation based in Japan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Carolina Panthers.

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