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Re: Another interesting article

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  • ladybug
    I don t don t disagree. I love my work at the college, and feel that my work is no less important.Every person can suffer, and every person who receives
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 2, 2011
      I don't don't disagree. I love my work at the college, and feel that my work is no less important.Every person can suffer, and every person who receives support and help can become a bodhisattva that helps many, and they can be rich or poor. or middle class. personally I was ready to move on to other work (ironically- I don't earn more then I did working for the city- so I am still in the middle class struggling group, no matter where I work) but it saddens me greatly that my role was not able to be filled by a new eager person who is ready to do social service work, because the program folded as I left. and so many my amazing colleagues had to find other positions. I am so grateful to have my current job.

      I find the article therefor naive, though well intentioned. The city finds using security guards - who usually work for agencies w/o benefits, and even paying cops overtime is way cheaper then paying for skilled social service providers even those willing to work for a fairly low salary. In truth, it does "save" the city money. However, we as a society pay the price.


      --- In VillageZendoOccupyWall@yahoogroups.com, Elena TaJo <tajopro@...> wrote:
      > I feel so sad reading this. I've had related experiences and now work
      > with the privileged. I hold on to the idea that broadening the context for
      > the upper class changes things for everyone. I still feel sad though.
      > On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM, ladybug <navahjs@...> wrote:
      > > **
      > >
      > >
      > > Hi all,
      > >
      > > Chiming in (sorry for the re-post, fixed some typos)
      > >
      > > I find the article that Roshi posted interesting, and well intentioned,
      > > although as someone who has worked for over 10 years with homeless youth
      > > and adults in the city, and have been laid off twice because both programs
      > > folded because of lack of funding-that there really are barely any paid
      > > social service providers who can effectively do the work! My last job of 7
      > > years,at the Bellevue Men Shelter, was started in the late 80's provided
      > > services that brought mental health clinicians to men suffering from mental
      > > illness, or other difficulties that left them on the margins of society-
      > > felons out of prisons, substance abusers etc. which were previously being
      > > "managed" by security guards and city police and their was no
      > > rehabilitation. The program flourished, employing social
      > > workers,psychiatrists,creative arts therapists, substance abuse
      > > counselors...we served countless men, some very much like the kind
      > > described in the article. We helped placed hundreds of men in secure
      > > community housing- an application process which is impossible for someone
      > > in that situation to do alone as it is so daunting. In the meanwhile, the
      > > staff working there, including myself were struggling. are salaries were
      > > barely enough to make it through the month, even those with graduate
      > > degrees were working on salaries in the high 40s low 50s- But we loved our
      > > work and what we did. Then is 2008, the program was closed by Bellevue and
      > > the city hospital system. The men that remained in the program were
      > > absorbed back into the regular shelter,where they are again just being
      > > managed by security guards and I guess occasional meeting with a city
      > > worker. More and more programs like this have been closing in the last few
      > > years around the city, and I don't think there has been one article in the
      > > paper addressing this.
      > >
      > > So I say- yeas, that is a good idea to provide mental health and social
      > > services to OWS folk who need it ( and being there, clearly many do)
      > > instead of sending in the police. But who would those services be provided
      > > by? I had to leave my city, social service work, and seek employment in a
      > > private art college. Now, I serve some low income people, but mostly young
      > > people who are more privileged economically. I guess this is the priority
      > > of our society. We invest our resources in what we value. Social service
      > > providers and the homeless are not.
      > >
      > > We are in the same boat.
      > >
      > > Torei
      > >
      > > --- In VillageZendoOccupyWall@yahoogroups.com, Pat Enkyo O'Hara <enkyoo@>
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/what-if-they-sent-in-social-services-to-help-occupations-instead-of-riot-cops-to-bust-heads
      > > > Pat Enkyo O'Hara
      > > > enkyoo@
      > > > �"教
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > --
      > Elena TaJo
      > http://OGReHome.com
      > Home of Outsider Grief Relief
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