Lead Staff on the 3rd shift. I am a lifeskills worker at a homeless shelter on the Norristown State Hospital grounds. A typical night at work.... it's uaually quiet when I come in at 11pm because most of the residents are asleep or getting ready to go to sleep. This is a coed shelter and we are dealing with residents who have major mental health issues, drug addicts, recovering addicts, clients who have been abused, ex-cons, and some who have just fell on hard times.There are 4 staff on 3rd shift and between 50-60 residents and things can get crazy really fast.....so crazy that we may have to call in the police and have people escorted off the grounds or maybe even locked up for misconduct in the shelter.I have learned in this field to "Expect The Unexpected"
My Co-Workers are okay and as far as management they could show more support as far as their staff and after working here for almost 5yrs the hardest part about this job is showing up and the most enjoyable is leaving out the door.
no supervisors and management on the 3rd shift, 3 bonuses a year
better wages, no raises, dead end job