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Violence In the Shelter: The Price of Underfunding

Hello Readers!  It’s been a while… This article is a personal response to a systemic and societal ill reflected in the abduction and murder of my colleague, Social Worker and NYC homeless shelter Director Ana Isabel Charle, who died senselessly nearly … Continue reading

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The Easiest Hard Decision: When Caregiving Trumps Employment

For someone who has worked their entire life, unemployment is a peculiarly unsettling kind of purgatory.  This “social work practitioner” was not… practitioning… for nearly 16 months.  I voluntarily resigned my position with Catholic Charities in December 2012 because, as … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: The Curious Case of Percy Pointer, Part II

In Part I of “The Curious Case of Percy Pointer”… Percy Pointer was my first client as an MSW intern in the Client Advocacy Project (CAP) at Coalition for the Homeless in New York City.  The CAP’s goals are to … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: The Curious Case of Percy Pointer, Part I

Sometimes the only power our clients have is the power to say “No.” Or so they believe.  My first client ever as an MSW intern, Mr. Percival Pointer, didn’t want any services of any kind.  “If I don’t have anything, … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: The End of Homelessness

There is no symbol more reflective of the end of homelessness than a set of keys. As Manager of the Client Advocacy Project (CAP) at Coalition for the Homeless in New York City, I had the privilege of leading a … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: Boundaries

Welcome to the first in my new periodic series here at The Social Work Practitioner called Once Upon A Client.  Once Upon A Client will explore aspects of social work practice through experiences I’ve had with particular clients.  These experiences … Continue reading

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