resident manager (Current Employee) – Louisville, KY – January 6, 2016
My job at Choices, Inc. is Resident Manager. On a typical day I might be called upon to help clean an apartment for a new client family. Or I might need to go to check on clients. After office hours, I am responsible for being a presence at the properties. I help with lockouts and other emergencies.
I have learned that you have to separate yourself from the clients. I have had to develop some good boundaries with our clients, no matter what.
My co-workers do a great job and I see them putting 110% into what they do. I have a good relationship with the director. Choices is a good program and I am glad to be a part of it.
The hardest part of the job is the physical labor that comes from having to clean the rooms. I have trouble climbing stairs, these days. Another hard part, for me was enforcing boundaries. I had to learn to separate my job from what I was learning in class about Social Work.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the clients succeed. When a family moves in, they have been homeless and they don't trust many people. It is a joy to see them gain confidence and work on getting their lives back together.
Drug And Alcohol Abuse Counselor (Former Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – February 25, 2016
Employees don't stay long here due to the fact the pay is low and the work load is extremely high. The pressure of the day to day things isn't nearly represented in the pay. Company has a long way to go to ensure employees are happy and secure with their jobs.
This job is very cool place to be,I enjoy every bit of it.There is never a dull momment.Personally I feel that the best part is knowing that I can make someones day better than it was before their visit.
CLIENT ADVOCATE/ SUPPORT GROUP SPECIALIST INTERN (Former Employee) – Akron, OH – September 1, 2015
Having the opportunity to intern at Choices, gave me the independence and freedom to explore what I needed out of my degree, the staff welcomed me with open arms, they were always open to new ideas and constantly working to improve.
postive environment, allow memebers to put in input of there needs
Nursing Assistant (Former Employee) – Glendale, AZ – June 25, 2015
Very bad communication, rude RN. They don't provide help when you need help on the job. If your sick or have death in the family they still make you come into work. The residents are very nice and caring.
Executive/Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Johnstown, PA – June 18, 2015
Promoted to Executive Assistant in October 2014 and in June 2015 company is downsizing and eliminating my position. I have enjoyed working here the past 10 years. My typical day at work right now is checking emails and fingerprinting people. I have learned so much it's hard to put into words. I am willing to learn new things and I get along with almost anyone. The hardest part of my job now is there is not much for me to do and I would rather be busy. The most enjoyable part of my job is the friendships that have been made over the years.
Care Provider (Former Employee) – Arcadia, Ca – November 7, 2013
A company that provided individuals to gain independence and the ability to learn social skills. The co-workers were cooperative and understanding. The most rewarding part of the job was to be able to see my clients become a part of the Disability Rights State of California.
STNA/HHA (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – October 30, 2013
I had worked for this company daily. They gave no paid vacations nor and paid sick time. I was my own boss, learning many skilled services that I would be required to do on a daily basis. I learned how to do a bowel stem, change indwelling catheters to stage 4 wound care. The hardest part of my job was to watch on a daily basis the deterioration of my parents quality of life. I have had a lot of enjoyable time with my parents so of which I would have never had had I not been their total care giver. Typically my day would start with coffee and medication. Then help get both dressed for the day, transfer Dad to wheelchair and check to see if any doctors appointments were for the day or what was scheduled. Do any type of housework be it cleaning or laundry, check to see if anything was needed from the store. If there were things that were needed to make sure they were purchased and delivered that evening when I returned. Make sure they have a good breakfast and then return in the evening to make sure they have taken their night medication and clean up the kitchen from the day and put Dad back to bed.
Children's Service Coordinator (Former Employee) – Luray, VA – October 31, 2012
Each day was different, never the same. Sometimes you would walk into a crisis maybe a mother just got beat up by her boy friend or husband and decided today that was enough. She would show up on the door step looking for a place to stay, or maybe she called before, but decided he won't hit me again believing what he told her over and over. Finally she gathers her children and looks for a safe place to raise them, without fear of her children or her getting hurt again. The hardest part of the job was knowing the fear they lived and seeing the hurt in the eyes of the young children and the mother. This kind of hurt leaves such a scar on their lives. I learned to listen, most the time that's the most important part, just for them to be able to open up and talk or cry what ever they feel like they need to do to get the pain out. Each person deals with pain in different ways. But then there were the rewards, when maybe mom got the job she needed so badly, or the child passed the Spelling test after we practiced so hard. Or maybe they found an apartment they could get a fresh start in. The smiles, the laughs the hugs, or maybe it was just something as simple as a new backpack filled with all the things that was needed to start a new school that they could take their pick from among the school supplies that had been provided just for them.
working close with the children and mothers, hopefully helping them in some way.