Working (and using Welfare to Work)

We ran into for fries and this cashier said "You’re from the GAIN!".

Yay! When we were collaborating on her life she was hired by Carl’s Jr and I had told her I would stop in and check on her.

She is working but the low pay and minimum hours keep her tethered to cash assistance and aid… but she feels great about the positive change of even go having go having a job!

The Social Divide of Dentistry and Smiles

This hit home with me, the idea that good dentistry is social privilege.

When my oldest wad very little I had Denti-Cal, the state version of Medicaid for teeth.

The dentist removed all my porcelain fillings and put in solver because he could bill for that. 20th ears later I am still fixing the poor work and damage done by a dentist I couldn’t pick and who was good enough to collect Denti-Cal but not good enough to work in my face.

Food for thought: only poor kids have silver windows on the or teeth.

I thankful that there is a Dental Clinic inside ME ND Poverty for people who now are in the financial predicament I was in then.

💸 this is the story 🏥 http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/economics/bad-teeth-bad-people-another-way-privileged-america-shames-poor/

Ending Homelessness is a Fight

This week has been exhausting. I feel sore and tired and my hands ache.

I’ve never noticed before how similar a fist is to holding a pen.
Bang! Boom! Pow!

Jumping in and mixing get it up with people’s lives is messy and the chaos comes from all sides. Sometimes my fiercest opponent is the person I am tasked with assisting. Manipulation, verbal judo, threats and excuses swing out at me.

1. I don’t want to
2. Give me a reason to not need to
3. Make an exception for me
4. I don’t want to work
5. I don’t have time to work, my hobby takes up all of my time

Rarely, but it does happen , the person doesn’t know they are they are a human obstacle course of emotional trauma, substance use, poor judgment and combinations of these and more.

I get threats, and insults, and yelling in my ear and phone. This week there have been tears, panic attacks, sobbing and screaming. (Actually all of that happened with one person and all in a 32 minute chat.)

When my clients are not fighting against me, I am fighting for them; seeking medical and mental health appointments, trying to get them in closed programs, endlessly stalking homeless shelters and of course obeying a system that has no idea what the personalities and skills are really working with in it.

Boom.
In 10 minutes that will be the sound of my head on the pillow.

it’s like Christmas, only you’re getting your own stuff

I was checking the California State Controller’s office for unclaimed property and found more than I thought (but not the item I was expecting… hmm) most of it was easy to claim, 1 item will require my sending in my licence.

https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/ucp/Default.aspx

Addiction, making normal feel awef

Here is a video that explains addiction better than words can.
I’ve met many people who were sidelined by addiction. For skme, the pursuit became all encompassing, for others it became a mandatory part of self maintenance.
Some people are addicted and function just fine…but there are so many levels to be aware of.

http://io9.com/this-deceptively-cute-animation-illustrates-the-horrors-1661191621
It covers how it is harder to feel

The meaning of life.

At Arcadia High School I was every bit the smarta $$ I am today. I had a history teacher offer extra credit to anyone who could explain the "meaning of life".

So of course I did. I wrote a paper in crayon and marker and got my "A". I also got my life purpose at 16 from writing that.

What I wrote was that the state of "life" is biological. It is observable even in creatures that are not aware they are experiencing life (growth, change, reproduction … I want to say respiration). In and of it self, life has no meaning.

People need meaning. That is why people study things and grasp tightly to any theory that claims they are important. This is what made Gallelo an analysis of the Holy Roman State.

However, life without assigned meaning is without purpose and meaning. There is a challenge and excitement to taking something as unquantifiable as the experience of living and subjectively trying to control it by labeling a purpose to it and shaping the actions and human choices to that label.

***I decided that I wanted to label my own life and use my hours of awareness to be an agent of change and easement. I wanted to make the period of life and self awareness of other humans more bareable. ***

Of course, I thought I’d be a writer and toss in the "good doing" on the side. I had no plans to be a social worker.

Working (and using Welfare to Work)

We ran into @carlsjr for fries and this cashier said "You’re from the GAIN!".

Yay! When we were collaborating on her life she was hired by Carl’s Jr and I had told her I would stop in and check on her.

She is working but the low pay and minimum hours keep her tethered to cash assistance and aid… but she feels great about the positive change of even go having go having a job!

Yes. There are many homeless children in Los Angeles.

I can tell that homelessness in children has increased dramatically. I know this because I work with homeless parents and my case load has grown and grown like a weed.

No. There are not enough shelters for families.

Yes, children are sleeping in boxes, on sidewalks, in parking lots, in parks, on kitchen floors, on sofas and all manner of places not fit to house them.

Is it the parent’s fault? No. Yes. And no.

Parents without education because they left school as children will not have the education and skills to hold high earning jobs. Don’t blame the drop-outs:evaluate the schools.

Parents are the CEOs of families. The buck stops with them. But…realistically: what are the pathways out of poverty for them.

Last week a friend accused me of love getting the government system I work inside of. She meant it as an insult, but it didn’t insult me.

Education
Job training
Assistance with job searches
Work experience
Therapy for mental health, substance use and domestic violence
Funding bus passes to get folks to these things
Assisting get with the cost of education

Yep. I love that these are available a day I’m happy to be able to offer them and help people navigate out of poverty.

But as a society, we still hate poor people. We punish them. We look at keeping the minimum wage down and then blame people for not affording housing.
We foreclose so many homes that there are more empty homes than there are individual homeless people. There is a vacant home for every man, woman, and child in the USA.
We don’t make education enjoyable or easy attain
Forget affording higher education .
We give money to the rich and remove tax breaks for middle class and the poor
Our middle class mistakenly sides with the 1% because… I don’t know. Do they think that if we throw money at the über rich that the elite will invite us I to the club and stuff dollars down our shorts?
Child tax credits are about to evaporate
Health care for not super poor and not financially soluble families is unreachable in some states because…why?

I see all of the poverty bashing and hear all the cutting and snide remarks about uneducated, or unemployed, and /or unfocused people and then I read articles where people are shocked that kids are living in the streets.

homeless in the USA

Born Homeless in the USA

 

Cause and effect, folks.

We need to create jobs.
Return jobs from their outsources homes.
Keep people in school
Offer education to pare ts when their children are in school

Invest back in America.
Or, don’t invest I your neighbor and if you choose that path, stop complain OK great about the increase in number of poor families and individuals.

http://abc7.com/society/report-ca-accounts-for-over-1-5-of-homeless-children-in-us/399067/