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Tag: workplace drama

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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