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Steve Hornberger grew up on Coney Island, New York, in a working class neighborhood. As a New Yorker he lived in all boroughs. He received his BA majoring in sociology from Baruch College in 1972 and his MSW from Yeshiva University with a major in group work. He has driven across America six times, co-facilitated groups to the Amazon to be with indigenous people, worked with several Native American tribes to rejuvenate some dying spiritual practices and created grassroots street patrols in high crime neighborhoods. He has had more than 25 years of senior level experience in human services and community building, working as administrator, service provider, educator, and consultant for comprehensive solutions.
Steve's social work employment started in 1975 with the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services followed by working for Tempo Group, Inc. as a social worker in a school- based drug prevention and treatment program. He later worked for another substance abuse program, The Door - A Center of Alternatives, New York, and then for the Mission of Immaculate Virgin, New York, where he was director of their group home program. He worked for the New York City Child Welfare Administration for five years and then for the Leake and Watts Services, Inc., a family service agency, He worked as a senior adviser for The Pacific Institute and as a senior consultant for Home, Safe, Inc., both in Seattle, Washington. For four years he worked for the Child Welfare League of America as director of their behavioral health division, developing and organizing AOD, children's mental health and child welfare services. Since 2005 he has been a consultant for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics Faith Based Initiative. He is also currently Managing Director of Hornberger & Associates. He has also served as an Adjunct lecturer since 1980 at City University of New York, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is currently teaching courses in "Spirituality and Social Work Practice" and "Policy, Community and Organizational Practice".
He is the author and co-editor of several publications relating to youth and their families, community building, and spirituality. He is also active with local and national social work and prevention organizations.