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6:40am- First alarm goes off. Contemplate whether or not you should get up and wash/blowdry your hair or go back to sleep. Set alarm for 7:30 because you realize you work with the homeless and you are not trying to impress anyone anyways.
7:30am - snooze alarm. Think of ways to avoid working. Come up with nothing.
7:40am - actually get out of bed. Throw on a V-neck and Toms and send good morning text messages to the ones that are important in your life. Get a snapchat selfie from your favorite. Read your emails and convince yourself it’s going to be a good day. Realize you don’t need to convince yourself because you really like your job.
8:15am – arrive at work 15 minutes late. No one notices. Find a homeless client sitting outside your office. Get yourself together and put a smile on. Talk to client about the program criteria and use your intuition to decide whether or not you feel comfortable with him sitting inside before your assistant gets in.
9am- First psychosocial assessment of the day. Pass the tissues because the client is crying as they tell you about how bad their living situation has been. Display empathy. Use strength’s perspective if it gets too bad. Offer client a move in date. Type notes.
10am- Return phone calls. Leave a lot of messages for case managers. Expect a lot of numbers to be out of order.
11am- First move-in arrives. Organize paperwork. Complete drug test. Show family their new home.
12pm- Time to eat lunch. Lunch gets interrupted when you get a crisis phone call. Your client’s mother was in a domestic violence situation this morning. Talk her down. Hang up. Feel a little broken hearted when you think about the pain in her voice. You spend a few minutes processing how scared she probably is.
1pm- Talk to your assistant.She’s always more aware of what’s going on and she tells you about the day’s events. Get filled in on who needs to talk with you. Realize you’ve got more work than you thought.
2pm- Spend time with a client who is becoming severely psychotic. Listen to his story about how there is a cell phone chip that went in to his belly button that allows him to take pictures with his eyes at which time he sends them to a man who he thinks is the president. Let him ramble for a few minutes more than you know you should because he is so interesting and you like to hear his stories.
3pm- get text message from a client that is suicidal. Realize you need to go to her house (just so happens this is the daughter of the mom that called at 12pm).
4pm- Arrive at home of suicidal client. Talk her down. All is well.
6pm- Head home. Realize you worked two hours later than scheduled. Whoops, you didn’t get a chance to eat all day. Think about all the documentation you need to write. Contemplate mandatory reporting laws.
7pm- Breathe. You did everything you could. Go take care of yourself.