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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 ...

Learning the Terrain

The first weeks at a job is all about "getting your feet wet".  For Joy getting her feet wet means finding out what forms to use, getting to know her clients, and where to walk to safety.  Walk not run because ...

Does It Usually Get So Cold in August?

Unfriendly co-workers The majority of people are terrible liars.  It is because it is in the face and body language that anyone can see a lie.  It is uncomfortable having to go along with a lie.  ...

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 ...

A True Babe in the Woods

Homelessness can happen to anyone. It seems, although, you ask many questions about a job opening, the actual job requirements and the organizational culture don't reveal themselves until after you are processed by Human Resources and ...

Drowning in Deception by Dinna Alexanyan, MFT

Dear Miss Dinna – I recently got out of a relationship with someone who lied throughout… I will spare you the details. I’ve started seeing this new guy and although we are not committed, I told him about my recent ...

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