I work at a shelter for the homeless. I have seen the best and worst humanity has to offer. AMA!
I've been at my current position for almost two years. My job consists of pretty much everything from cleaning vomit off of walls to going on trips with our residents. The shelter I work at is located in Denmark and is funded by the government, in case you guys are wondering. Our stated goal is to get as many of our residents as possible their own apartment so they can get another chance at a "normal" life. However, due to a number of factors - rampant drug and alcohol abuse, unstable upbringing, violence, etc. - my job usually boils down to minimizing the amount of conflicts between our residents, trying to introduce a bit of stability in their lives and get them to keep their appointments with the various governmental institutions.
I have seen pretty much everything from fist-fights to stabbings to heart-warming care in the midst of chaos. I could write a book of anecdotes from the stuff I've seen so far (and maybe I will someday), but for now I'd like to share some of my stories with you guys.
I absolutely love my job, and working with homeless people is the best thing to ever happen to me in my professional career. The reason I'm doing this AMA is so all you wonderful redditors can get an insight into a part of society most people never hear about, and hopefully learn something new in the process. Oh, and I apologize in advance for any funkyness in my writing, as English is not my first language.
Oh, as for verification, I'm not quite certain how to prove I am who I say I am. I do have my contract lying around somewhere in case the mods require verification.
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Thanks for all the interesting questions guys! It's been a lot of fun, but I'm really tired now so I think I'm gonna hit the bed. I'll check up on this thread sometime tomorrow. Thank you reddit, you guys are awesome!
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Thank you guys again! It's been a ton of fun so far, and I'll try to answer more questions tonight.
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Allrighty, looks like people have asked the questions they wanted to. I'll check up on this thread regularly, in case new questions come in. Thank you guys for your interesting questions!