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Tag: social services

The Good Ones Never Stay Long

A Men's Shelter One never knows how much she can endure until she's in the thick of it. Joy surprised herself by completing the six-month probation.  She was sure her office mates and her clients would ...

Case Management Training II

Help from a Colleague While Joy is getting up to speed as a Case Manager, the shelter residents are feeling the vacuum left from her promotion. An afternoon when Butler takes an approved extended lunch, Joy ...

It’s Just A Matter of Time

Be Your Own Champion Being a case manager with cases to manage is bearing down on Ms. Duggins.  She's bringing the job home and some folks don't like it. Baby, if you don't stop talking about ...

Case Management Training I

Mr. Butler Now that she's in the Social Services Office, Joy has to cut the mustard.  Will she pass or will she be, like many before her, another fired employee. The thing Joy is most concerned ...

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 ...

What Employment Shelter Status Brings

Big Cheez in business casual Background The previous Mayor, Bloomberg, was about ridding the city of certain services. He drastically reduced the number of child care program sponsors, favoring large nonprofits that are willing to operate ...

Monthly Staff Meetings

Celebrating 35 Years To keep any ship in shape, the captain needs to review the crew.  The second Tuesday in a month Big Cheez does that with Juliet in tow. On the second Tuesday of each ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...