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Tag: Department of Homeless Services

HOPE, BK Reader, homeless outreach

HOPE– Making New York’s Homeless Population Count

Today, New York City is conducting its annual homeless outreach population estimate. An unidentified homeless man, center, and Jennifer Sherry communicate using sign language at the man's encampment in Tompkins Square Park, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 ...

Finally…A Case Manager

  The day has come after months of hard work, ostracism, and some good times: Joy is moving up! Joy loves Tuesdays and Fridays because she has the morning to herself.  She may take a tub bath, prepare pancakes, or ...

More to Come from the Shelter

  Getting Your Own Keys It's been quiet but rest assured, Joy, Flo, Helen, Stan, Big Cheez, and Juliette are still dedicated to the mission of bringing services to the clients at the shelter.  Bringing services ...

A Change in Status

Life in a Men's Shelter Joy is comfortable with the 'cold shoulders' she gets from her office mates, the appreciation from the clients, and growing comradery with the Case Managers.  Even the security officers are watchful when she ...

Old and Homeless

Being elderly in a shelter There's an African proverb that states, "The shrieking of children at play is the music of old age."  Imagine being under a tree in the warmth of an African village.  Warmed ...

Seasonally Homeless

Life in a Men's Shelter My, my, my....the things humans adjust to.  The human condition is quite remarkable.  One day, someone is demanding that only Poland Spring bottled water be served to her. Another day, she's ...

Waving Our Flags on Memorial Day

Civil War Soldiers Joy is a lifelong learner and this morning she's going to get an important lesson while riding the bus to work. "Memorial Day...what is being memorialized on Memorial Day?", are Joy's thoughts as ...

My Blood in the Shelter

Anytime is a good time to reflect. Everyone has his road to walk.  Some walk purposely, while others walk aimlessly.  Sometimes it is divine order that paths cross momentarily to share a truth:  This big blue ...

Getting Fuller Invested

Home Sweet Home for Some There are many hoops a newbie may have to jump over before getting dug into a job. Some hoops are visible, others aren't. Today, Joy will learn an application that will ...

Keeping the Ship in Shape

Keeping Track of Expenses Any facility needs each staff member to their part to have a good outcome.  Good outcomes are gotten through planning and supervision. Stan the Operations Director sees it's time to bring the ...

Services, Services!

Life's Elements It's just another work day at the shelter providing s-e-r-v-i-c-e-s,  Big Cheez's mantra. A native of Chicago and another from Guinea are transferred to the shelter over the weekend.  At different times they approach ...

Resume Writing or Biographical Sketches

Men's Shelter Being the Vocational Program Coordinator means Joy contributes to the number of men that move out of the shelter by writing resumes that help get the employed.  These resumes also give some men new ...

Almost Like Being on an Army Base

The Shelter in the Armory A homeless shelter is not a jail.  Residents may come and go within the shelter's rules.  So why do some clients act as if their on lock down?  As if....contact with ...

Making the Grade

The Shelter in the Armory Joy is surprised she lasted the six-month probationary period.  She thought about frequently arriving to work late after doing three months to get fired but, it went against her grain to pull ...

What the Snow Brings

Diehard Homeless Who Avoid the SheltersKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) For some people, it's better to endure wet and cold winter conditions than to gain entry into a shelter.  Joy remembers the elderly man who slept on the ...

One Winter Morning After the Snow

After a Big Snow Storm Snow and winter are not two of Joy's favorite things.  She does have the hang of her job, though.  In fact, she looks forward to setting up in the rec area ...