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Tag: vocational counseling

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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