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(Vice)   Ever wonder what it's like being a social worker in the Tenderloin? "Today: 4 dead clients, 1 murdered provider, 1 client defecated in the lobby, 1 dead dog, & 1 Facebook friend posted pictures of nachos"   (vice.com) divider line 17
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2013-03-04 10:16:52 AM
4 votes:
from TFA:

"Then we check our voicemail. Twenty messages from the same two or three clients who either scream their financial requests over and over, simply sit there and breathe, or tell you that witches are under their beds waiting for the next blood sacrifice."

Well, that's what happens when you give your voice number to Boehner's office.  Really, you should have expected this.
2013-03-04 12:39:30 PM
2 votes:
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN
2013-03-04 09:11:21 AM
2 votes:
The awakening of a naive liberal. It will happen to the vast majority of Farkers eventually too.
2013-03-04 08:47:03 AM
2 votes:
The area needs more hipsters. Look at Brooklyn now. It's safe, business is booming, and there are plenty of young, monied white kids.

I call it hipsternomics. As the number of hipsters grows, the demand for shops and restaurants follows. And since hipsters draw the line at marijuana, the percentage of the population that is drug addicted drops.

Hipsters, while seemingly nothing more than wastes of cheap beer and suspenders, are actually a key cornerstone to the revival of depressed economies.
2013-03-04 11:26:17 AM
1 votes:

Cold_Sassy: xanadian: FTFA: For the most part, people do not want help. They want money or they want drugs or they want death.
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What money or drugs or death may look like.

I had copied that quote for my post but you beat me to it.

That said, if she only makes 32k in S.F., she probably has to live in one of those 'residential' hotels.  God, what a depressing line of work.


But, hey, $32k for social work, GOBMINT OVERSPEDNING HURR
2013-03-04 10:42:08 AM
1 votes:

enik: The awakening of a naive liberal. It will happen to the vast majority of Farkers eventually too.


Ah yes, let all the conservative Christians laugh at the naive liberal doing God's work.

/not like Jesus ever got criticized for spending all his time helping the bottom of society.
2013-03-04 10:39:07 AM
1 votes:
Once upon a time I was a psychiatric social worker in the Bay Area.

I got the MSW degree. I worked at a halfway house, a county hospital's ER, a residential treatment program/school for severely emotionally disturbed children, and a community mental health clinic.

Now I'm a software developer. The money's better and I don't want to kill myself (as much).
2013-03-04 10:27:10 AM
1 votes:

IlGreven: The lack of humaneness of these institutions is what got them shut down in the first place. Which means that's the trick to the thing, because otherwise most people are going to think the kind of people that would need these places are better off on the street.


I won't argue there were some bad apples, there were some very bad apples indeed. Unfortunately instead of picking out the bad apples and cleaning the places up we instead went with the concept of community based treatment centers.

This forgot the socioeconomic realities that economies of scale allowed treatment to occur in the institutions that otherwise never would occur at all. The result has been a disaster resulting in decades of stories like the one described in the article.

We threw the baby out with the bathwater and it's time for society to step up to the plate and actually do something about it. Until we we're only going to see decades more of stories like the ones cited above. There is nothing human about what were doing now and it's a cycle in desperate need of breaking.
2013-03-04 10:02:09 AM
1 votes:

stonent: Yeah, so where are all the "legalize drugs" cheerleaders now?


I'm sorry, we spent the weekend trying to figure out how to get the mentally ill the help they need.  Was there something you needed?
2013-03-04 09:44:31 AM
1 votes:
I'm in my last semester for my Masters in Social Work... so I'm getting a kick...

Oh wait, no. No I'm not. Difficulty level: Detroit
2013-03-04 09:23:28 AM
1 votes:

airsupport: enik: The awakening of a naive liberal. It will happen to the vast majority of Farkers eventually too.

You'd think that.  But it never does.


Damn right. But I'm a big fan of the Spartans at Thermopylae. I'm a sucker for lost causes. Never retreat, never surrender.

So enik, with all due love, care, and respect: FARK YOU. Just because you're too damn weak to give a shiat, doesn't mean I want to be one of those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
2013-03-04 09:16:52 AM
1 votes:
*reads headline*

And a partridge in a peaaaar treeeeee
2013-03-04 09:11:12 AM
1 votes:

YixilTesiphon: AverageAmericanGuy: The area needs more hipsters. Look at Brooklyn now. It's safe, business is booming, and there are plenty of young, monied white kids.

I call it hipsternomics. As the number of hipsters grows, the demand for shops and restaurants follows. And since hipsters draw the line at marijuana, the percentage of the population that is drug addicted drops.

Hipsters, while seemingly nothing more than wastes of cheap beer and suspenders, are actually a key cornerstone to the revival of depressed economies.

It doesn't solve the people, they just end up in Camden or something.


It's a local solution, granted. However, if the government made hipsterization a priority, a coordinated plan to drive the undesirables toward Detroit could save our cities.
2013-03-04 09:00:21 AM
1 votes:
I think I got into social work because I had this idea of it somehow "killing" my ego. It seems silly, but it felt very real at the time. There's a sadness to watching your idealism and convictions go to shiat. Not to mention that working in such a thankless and farked system will kill a sacred part of you. I feel tired. For the most part, people do not want help. They want money or they want drugs or they want death.

Hi there! Welcome to working in the public sector. Your number one single piece of advice that will help you transition through time in your life as we crush your soul?

Start drinking heavily
2013-03-04 08:46:10 AM
1 votes:

xanadian: Pork or beef tenderloin?

I prefer a good chuck roast myself, though...


Yeah, what the fark is Tenderloin in the context of the headline?

I think it's a part of San Francisco, but I'm not sure. I just happen to know that - or think I know that, but I'm not sure. I'm guessing from the headline it's not a very good part of SF. Come to think of it, I'm not sure there are any good parts of SF. I've heard of Tenderloin (where people show up dead or murdered), Castro (where the gay people live NTTAWWT) and the Mission district ("walkin' along in the Mission, in the rain) where some guy missing part of his finger grew up, but I hear that's not a great place either.

/never been to Frisco, obviously - and I call it Frisco because I gather it pisses off the people who actually live in SF. (and it's shorter)
2013-03-04 08:43:52 AM
1 votes:
I'd like to tenderize her loins, if you know what I'm saying

/And I think you do
//Also, major props for working in a place like that
2013-03-04 08:23:34 AM
1 votes:

FTFA: For the most part, people do not want help. They want money or they want drugs or they want death.


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What money or drugs or death may look like.

 
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