Learning is fun, and studies have shown that you remember better when you enjoy the process. Several times a day I’m asked to examine someone’s living situation and give a determination of their housing status. What I know to be true, and my understanding of the federal guidelines of homelessness has been information that’s heldContinue reading “The Game to Teach You how to Identify and treat homelessness”
Today I had a new staff member join my team. It will be their job to work inside of a hospital emergency room and talk to clients who come in who are homeless, specifically those who are homeless with mental health or substance use issues. While the same person has worked gently with Medical systemsContinue reading “New Eyes, Welcome to Hell”
This is a Bottom Up approach caring for the emotions of the people who have been exposed to disaster or terrorism. If you feel traumatized and unsafe: don’t be the person offering care. With the client Look at the physical safety of where you are. Help them find a family member or support system AskContinue reading “Psychiatric First Ai”
Let’s talk about what not to wear. When you have a need, and go to an office (doctor, lawyer, dentist, therapist, social service) where you expect professional assistance from an educated individual : dress to blend in with the atmosphere. Do NOT walk into the county DPSS office in a bikini, topless, pajamas, torn sweats,Continue reading “One More Time When Mom Was Right”
Training for my new job started last Monday and i have been waking up at 4:30 am each day to get ready, prepare and drop off Darla and then drive for an hour to Norwalk where my training is. I understand how hard it is to train and smile at the same faces 8 hoursContinue reading “I am unable to sleep – I am haunted by the words of my trainer.”
There is a purposeful lack of tissues in my office – a reminder of absence that I should not make people cry. However, today I started a flood. A lady going through divorce is afraid to tell supportive agencies that she is homeless and needs help. She wants to hide homelessness from her child’s father.Continue reading “A whole bunch of tears”
Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General United States Interagency Council on Homelessness National Alliance to End Homelessness: FAQs. New York Homelessness http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/?gclid=COeCmK_D08UCFUuTfgod4DEATA The neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles http://silverlakenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/homeless_flyer_bilingual.pdf has a community council that is on the ball The Good Rev Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission.Continue reading “Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©”
I am not real unless you believe in me. I have no voice unless you listen for it. Much like a shadow, I can be seen but I have no power to move objects or create change. Sometimes, however, seeing a shadow will make you stop, look carefully, or even change direction. It is hardContinue reading “This is Social Work”
I feel like the scum who lives on the dregs of humanity – taking money for other people’s drug addictions and emotional crisis. For as much as I rant and rave or celebrate here, the job often feels like a belt sander is being rubbed against my soul.
Welfare to Work is an awesome program, here is what it is like to do the job.