Tag: homeless

Two Distinct Lives, like Mason & Dixon

He's heading home A homeless shelter holds different personality types.  There are people living there due to fires and floods; others due to job loss; still others due to personality disorders.  The shelter is a microcosm ...

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 ...

Brownstones Chill

On A Winter Walk

Joy does what most people do while walking to work: she thinks about her job.  As the newbie to the job and newbie to homeless services, it's amazing to her.  The chill has settled in the air, so she walks ...

Fraternization at Work

Old Gal Doing the Hoochie Koochie It's not only what you know and how well you do it at work.  It's who know and how to stroke them also. Thinking job advancement is hinged on working ...

It’s Cupcakes and not Raises that Employees Want

Joy finds working at a men's homeless shelter in an armory  quite taxing psychically.  She looks forward to some reward for all she goes through.  The question is does her idea of reward match the CEO's After wheeling back 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 ...

It’s Not Easy Being Big Cheez

The Bed-Stuy Armory It takes many people to operate a good shelter.  "Good" meaning it's clean, it's stocked, and fighting to lethal levels is minimal. The ultimate supervisor to the janitorial staff, cooking staff, administrative personnel, ...

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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