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Tag: depression

When Cassie Called…

I was 27, a 2-week-old resident of New York City and excited about starting a new job as a senior account executive at a major firm in Manhattan. I’m from the Midwest. So apart from a few distant relatives who ...

The Strength in Sadness

Krystal: Let’s face it. There is no shortage of things to be upset about these days. Whether it’s grief from the loss of a loved one, a breakup, losing your job, not finding a job, losing a friendship, or losing ...

Various Ironies of this Disastrous Election

In the aftermath of what I consider to be the most disastrous election of my life-time and one that poses the greatest threat to planet Earth (and I lived through Ronald Reagan and George Bush, from whom we have yet ...

suicide prevention, mental health, healthy start

10 Things My Suicide Would Have Stopped

"What if someone you loved killed themselves? Before you answer I want you to picture this. In public their life seems great. They have a nice car, decent job; they are easy on the eyes. They are well loved. To ...

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 ...

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 ...

How to Make a Job

The Bed-Stuy Armory It's a rainy Monday morning.  Joy thought of a new workshop over the weekend to get more men to work .  It's all about positioning the usual to a higher level of industry. What ...

Screw Passion, I’m Depressed!

My last column was on finding your passion. Now, I don’t want to take away from what I wrote there, but what if you have no hope for the future in the first place. You’re out of a job, you’re ...

Accepting Them Where They’re At

What's the goal of providing temporary emergency shelter?  Getting Your Own Keys Each house resident has a name and it is Joy's duty to commit these names to memory.  Not everyone, just the ones she serves in any way-- a ...

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