Reflections on 4 years of Shelter
4 reflections... one for each year.
(Jeanne, Dave, Tarryn, Brittany and myself) are still employed at IW. That's 45%! That's a really big deal for such high stress and emotionally demanding work with an dramatically high turnover rate nationwide. What I love though, is that of the staff who have moved on; Jack and Max are in nursing school, Cassie completed certification as an EMT and is working towards becoming a paramedic, Krista and Tarryn (Tarryn is still with us, but still...) are in MSW school, Jeff is a school social worker for homeless youth in a rural, underserved county, Sadie is a radical, body positive esthetician, Rebecca is an artist and activist who is part of an Indigenous artist collective and recently performed at the SAM as part of the Double Exposure Exhibit, Kai is in school to become a doctor of eastern medicine with a focus in acupuncture, Denver started grad school in community organizing, economic development and city planning, Dan is the veteran's case manager at Drexel II, Kipp is involved with a long standing syringe exchange program in Philadelphia, Olive is a core staff member at the Thurston County Food Bank, Eva is a parent and director at Together working to advance opportunities for marginalized kids, Colin works at Rosie's Place and has been with CYS for years, Jenny Lee is a Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) Supervisor to case managers at the cutting edge Seattle Navigation Center, Simon is supporting at risk youth through a wilderness survival program in Pennsylvania, Aaron works for a youth shelter in NYC, and Ella is the primary caregiver to a family member who suffered a major medical event. The amazing thing is that this list isn't even inclusive of all the amazing things that our staff have gone on to do, and influence in the world beyond the walls of the IW EOS. Thank you for letting us be a step along your way to greatness.
Meg Martin, LICSW, CPC, is the Executive Director for The Interfaith Works.