Sunday, December 7, 2008

The new reality ...



Ugggg a short post here about social services now that Bush has had eight years to mess with us (and not to gossip but it never occured to me that the man might have fallen off the wagon but apparently he has ... but not to gossip). Our agency has for years done some tremendous work with at risk clients. Seriously good work. We work with families who have generations of abuse, poverty, addiction etc under their belts and if that wasn't enough add racism, fear of deportation, domestic violence and whew ... thing is, until recently it never exactly seemed hopeless. Seriously we at our agency could aid and nurture at least some of the layers of hurt away while assisting with physical needs. After many years families leave with a resiliency that they just couldn't see before. Thanks to Bush's new laws on reducing the deficit (wasn't that his creation???) our agency has now been mandated to limit our service time to two years. Now for almost every other agency out theere, this might seem like a long time but for these families it's barely enough time to take a breath some years (key the hopeless feelings).

So now on top of trying to make sure our families have happy holidays, have safety nets during our closure we are also hosting graduation parties. We all feel a bit bitter about these graduations (normally such a celebration). It seems like things will only get worse ....

what a downer.

3 comments:

Jane said...

I hear your cry as I work in
social services as well! Hopefully your hard work helped plant the seeds needed so the families can cultivate them and remain self sufficient!
On a happier note, the second picture of Lucy really really resembles my grandson Dinkeneh (especially that little sparkle in her eyes!).

MysteriousMindy said...

I was so excited about this being the last week of kids, then Holiday store, then break, that I completely forgot it's some of the last kids weeks, period (selfish me). Wow...the excitement about going back to work tomorrow because it would be the last week now has a completely new feeling (*tear*)... I feel so selfish. How does one prepare a toddler for this? Second caregivers in a sense are all of a sudden not in their lives anymore... so traumatic (*tear*)

Auntie Barb said...

O.K. Stacy:

I really need to have some updated pictures of Lucy. These are very cute. I really need to show her off. Please send me some. In the mail. Thank you. Love you Aunt Barb