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#1 Dec 25 2012 at 7:23 AM Rating: Excellent
As you may know (or not) I work on staff at a homeless shelter.

Our organization is already primarily supported by community donations. Through the year we are fortunate to receive money, food, volunteered services and the like from local church/civic groups and individuals. We know in the back of our minds that this kind of thing keeps us afloat and able to continue our call to help those who need it most.

Then....ChristmasOMG!!!

Hats and gloves and turkeys, turkeys, turkeys!!! And horribly rich treats everywhere!!! Cash!! Checks!! Coats!! Toys brought in "just in case you have little ones with no place else to go"!!! It comes in. First a trickle, then a stream, then a flood. It's amazing to see. It's also a reminder to all of us on staff that our residents are not forgotten, though at other times of the year it feels that way.

I guess part of what I'm trying to say is that when you guys donate to your local charities and volunteer and stuff I like to think about you doing for others what our staff and community does for the folks I work with every day.

Ok, I'm articulating this poorly, ...thanks and hugs is what I'm trying to say.Smiley: flowers






So, I'm here on Christmas. With me are: young moms with little kids booted out by "boyfriends" into the cold; old men long bereft of family; veterans unable to cope and men of all ages trying to return to a normal life after drugs and/or prison.

This will be my fifth Christmas in a row working at the Mission and you know what? I wouldn't trade it for anything.


Merry Christmas!!!
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#2 Dec 25 2012 at 8:49 AM Rating: Good
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Not tooting my horn or anything, but I feel that direct withdrawal from your check is the best method for charitable contributions. I calculated a percentage and split that amount over my twenty-six biweekly pay periods. That way there is a contribution of some sort throughout the year. I don't know which way charities prefer (lump or smaller,regular contributions), but mine feels more useful. Meh.
#3 Dec 25 2012 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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It's always a good feeling to help others. People still reach out and do so. Give thanks that they do.
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#4 Dec 27 2012 at 3:08 PM Rating: Excellent
My boyfriend works as an aid at a publicly funded rehab facility. It's really hard on him sometimes, especially with us living 4.5 hours apart. He has no one to come home to for hugs and snuggles when he has a particularly trying day. Something that is actually pretty **** important when you work these sorts of jobs.

Thank you for all that you do Bijou. Smiley: smile
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#5 Dec 28 2012 at 10:24 AM Rating: Excellent
I see a lot of homeless people in inpatient Psychiatry, as homelessness is often a direct result (sometimes an inevitability) of severe mental illness. So first of all, thank you for taking care of these people who can't even take care of themselves. But I am curious also: do you ever come across people who are clearly "not right", or overtly mentally ill? Responding to hallucinations or actively delusional (spouting off jibberish or some such thing)? I just wonder how bad they can get out there, because the inpatient setting tends to see them at their very worst, at least when they first get admitted.
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#6 Dec 28 2012 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
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But I am curious also: do you ever come across people who are clearly "not right", or overtly mentally ill? Responding to hallucinations or actively delusional (spouting off jibberish or some such thing)?
Yes, ranging from people who aren't sure where they are to the lady who "doomed us to earth" because she "destroyed our spaceship". Thankfully we have the option of contacting Regional West (a psych hospital) or Crisis Care Center (RW's less intensive cousin). The police will come if we call and asses the person. If they deem it necessary they will give them a nice ride to one of the two locations.

ALSO: The local PD has a Street Crimes Unit who's officers get extra training in assesing this kind of thing, and that's who dispatch normally sends to us.
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