Should I Leave My Job?

We are making great strides at ending homelessness and connecting people in that community to mental health and substance programs. I am FINALLY doing therapy with this population. My boss is great. So… what’s the problem? Well, yesterday was my two year anniversary at Tarzana. I was expecting to do my annual review. I’m expectingContinue reading “Should I Leave My Job?”

Too Poor to Work

A few years ago I was in a crunch. I earned $18 an hour and was raising a 4 year old child. I wrote about how hard finding child care made it for me to work here in 2015. Here is how my budget broke down… Income: $2,880 But… I didn’t see my full check.Continue reading “Too Poor to Work”

First Post Grad Job – False Start

Okay, I am armed with a Master of Social Work degree and I am determined to do the most good with it. Job hunting is like dating. I swipe right and left and set up interviews to see if I can find a relationship where my specific history and skill-set is needed. As for me,Continue reading “First Post Grad Job – False Start”

You will never understand what it’s like to be Black in a White World

Hal Espy was my boss at Cal State Long Beach when I worked in the Kitchen for 49er Shops.  He was (may still be) a tall man who repeated the name of the person he just met seven times in their first introduction and then he never forgot the name. He was an Olympic HopefulContinue reading “You will never understand what it’s like to be Black in a White World”

In the E.R. with NO health Insurance 

Yesterday I was admitted to the Emergency Room for neuropathy and dizziness .   I had called the advice nurse the night before and was told to come in immediately. As you know I am a single mother, so I had to wait until I had child care. I walked into Urgent Care and theyContinue reading “In the E.R. with NO health Insurance “

The Vocational Assessment 

The primary goal of GAIN is to be a true Welfare to Work plan. before a client finds work, it is helpful for them to have an idea of their strengths and interests. Enter the Vocational Assessment. Today I went to the Valley Assessment Center at Los Angeles Valley Community College and took an assessmentContinue reading “The Vocational Assessment “

So I’m boycotting Carl’s Jr

@andyPuzder makes me sad because other than In N Out, @CarlsJr is the only fast food I love. I was thrilled to place a client in a job there last year. Now I am disgusted that their CEO thinks his employees love being in Welfare. Are you kidding me? I wish he would sit downContinue reading “So I’m boycotting Carl’s Jr”

The truth about Minimum Wage

“Common Sense” – aka knowledge held by the common man fails in this argument. The LA City Council studied 3 peer reviewed studies before increasing minimum wage. I don’t know what they read – but here is some of what I found.   Neoclassical economic theories present a clear prediction: as the price of laborContinue reading “The truth about Minimum Wage”

Women’s Pay With Education

Education and ethnicity still not equalize pay for women. Still less than pay for men. So: 1. Research pay for your field of interest. 2. Speak to others who have the job you want and ask about pay and benefits … you will need this to negotiate. 3. Do not ask this of the folksContinue reading “Women’s Pay With Education”

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