This mind set has proven to be beyond wrong. But if you don't know how the system works or help yourself then your doomed.
THIS MIGHT BE GRAPHIC THOUGHTS FOR SOME TO EVEN RELATE TO.
I have been in Norma Herr Homeless Shelter for Women for 7 days and learned a lot about the system within the walls of a toxic environment. Now, with that said I am lucky to have a great support system with my husband. Some aren't so lucky.
The personal profiling might be sad:
1: I don't know the resources available to me: Now in this situation a lot of people don't do the research because they don't know where to begin. This be overwhelming and sometimes daunting. Especially, when the there is no support system friends, or family. Some homeless people don't know the resources available to them. Housing, medical, and such.
2: Mental illness some are unaware stuck in a haze: The haze the guests are in because of mental illness this is sad. Others take advantage of this. I think this beyond wrong.
3: Being profiled as a homeless woman: I think wants harder more then anything is trying to get a job with the label as a homeless woman in the big city.
4: Gone but not forgotten: Over half of the population of homeless people have addiction, or mental illness but don't know what is out there to be offered to them. Because of the drug haze, or for the mental illness not on the right treatment plan. In this some just need to know there options. Some aren't so lucky to have good caseworkers to help them. Some just think the life their living is normal because that's all they know. I can reassure you that is not the case. You aren't gutter trash, your not gone and forgotten.
5: What this experience has taught me so far: I work better without the caseworking help from Norma Herr, using other organizations to help me. Because there are many women who have been there for 6 months to 8 years. Not knowing you can have help in other avenues.
This is find annoying, one day there will be know use for caseworkers or social workers.
I spoke my thoughts, I said there will always be a use for them because not everyone knows there options, or resources. Not even caseworkers know the programs all of them.
There was an honest debate on this subject. My friend and I came to the same conclusion until there is no more people struggling is the moment caseworkers and social workers will be nothing. Now because of the wickedness of the world these kinds of people will always be considered important to society.
6: Feeling helpless: With being a survivor of trauma myself the feeling of being helpless has only happened to me four times in my life. I know this feeling more then anyone. Women and men alike want to avoid feeling this way. That's why it's important to get out of bad situations get motivated and know your options.
7: The Dangerous Environment: Homeless Shelters are very dangeous especially the women's homeless shelter. Fights break out, women fighting over food like lions fighting over a zebra. It's important to stay out as long as possible even though you could be tired. In a large city find a special spot restaurant, library, and a place crowded. Because the people on the streets will target homeless people thinking you are easy pickings. But your not.
In conclusion, this profiling writing this was very raw for me. But I don't regret the experiences I am facing. Because when I get my degree for social work I can help my clients easier. If they say I don't understand I can honestly say I do. I will never be a mindless robot with no empathy for anyone.