Individual Day Supporter (Current Employee) – Hartford, CT – October 2, 2017
A typical day for me is taking my client out into the community. I learned more responsibility. My manager is great, he listens very well and is quick to fix anything that I might bring to his as a concern.
i do not like my job at all.. I dont think the pay is worth it at all. it is very stressful and its no fun to go home and not want to wake up to go to work the following day. I want to lovee where i work
My experience at HARC was mind blowing at first. To work with the elderly mentally challenged and to see how much life they had in them compared to those who have no problems and complain about everything. This job and the clients touched my heart.
Behavioral Assistant Direct Care Staff (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – September 2, 2016
I worked many different positions at HARC. I worked in a group home it was room for 8 individuals. I worked overnights helped individuals with doctor appts, hygienic need, dietary, medication administration, transportation. Had some rough times but mostly good times at the company. The company as a whole had problems and had to sell to another company. The new company downsized with that a lot of people was out of work and I was one.
Coordinator/Manager (Former Employee) – Bloomfield, CT – August 25, 2016
Although there is room for growth here. Nothing is private., even when going to management in confidentiality by the time you leave the main building everyone in the agency knows what you were there for.
The work is rewarding, unfortunately the pay and salary is not a person who has to reside in Connecticut. Working with the client's is very intense. There are times when your opinion does not matter to the health and safety of the clients and your co workers.
The Corporate culture is not a supportive one that fosters valuing employees opinions. Because they are non-profit current employees are not eligible for raises unless they are promoted and the promotions are lateral. The wages are "shamefully" low for all direct care staff for the work, effort and attention to detail for the clients with disabilities many of the tenured staff in those positions deserve raises. The majority of the employees are miserable and they are a lot of clicks. Upper management are the ones that make the most money.
This company expects hard work from the direct care staff but doesn't reward them monetarily for their hard work.
short lunch breaks, need realistic mangement thats employee oriented
HARC is a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. This company is committed to promoting the highest level of independence possible for their clients. I worked in the Employment Centers with a client that worked at an insurance Company. Her job was to stock all of the coolers in the cafeteria. I really enjoyed working with this woman, and I felt great about everything that I was able to do in a day to promote autonomy and also provide assistance for her where she needed it in order to build her self confidence. I got to know several clients families, and was present at meetings as an advocate for the client. I loved almost everything about this company. The hours were great, management was very team oriented, excellent PTO and sick days, payed holidays. I cannot say enough about how much I loved this job, working at HARC helped me realize that I wanted to be a nurse.
Direct Care Staff (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 20, 2015
The workplace was a group home with 7 residents with room for 8. When starting as a 2nd shift staff at 8.00hr. I picked up residents from day program took care of dietary and hygienic needs. I enjoyed working with the staff and the home managers. The home had order the residents where fun to be around. I also worked 3rd shift overnight and in the morning drop residents at day program. Also Some days would take the residents to doctor appointments and we would take them on recreational outings. Loved it i was comfortable and it was like a home away from home.
The company had problems with theft from the CEO and after they had pay advance freeze. Then staff cuts and it started going downhill. The residents didn't have food department of children and family had to be called for neglect. Some many other things it was in the news. The company HARC was taken over by another company. The new company made cuts and let a lot of people go and i was one.
Vocational Day Program Job Coach (Current Employee) – Hartford, CT – February 1, 2015
Working at HARC was fun but after new management came in everything changed. It's a more stressful environment only because the job coaches have to advocate more for the participants. Now its all about making a good impression when potential families come in to see the program but the rest of the time just do what you can in whatever way you can in an overcrowded environment with a difficult management team. This is especially true on the second floor. It's very frustrating when management is more worried about employees punching in to work one minute late instead of worrying about the personal care and needs of our mentally challenged participants. I have learned that in healthcare there are very few people that work in this field because they care about others whether they are mentally challenged or not. A lot of people just think about making a buck. and since there really is no money in working with the mentally challenged, it's really frustrating for those of us who really care. Co-workers are co-workers everywhere, you have good ones and not so good ones but you have to work with everybody.The most enjoyable and rewarding part of the job is that you know that you have made life easier for someone else even if it's just by changing a diaper, repositioning someone, or making sure that they are comfortable. Plus even though most of the participants can't tell you what and how they feel, when they give you a nice big smile, you know that you have accomplished something good. That is the one reason why many of us stick around because to us IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PARTICIPANT!
work hours 1st shift Monday-Friday, helping those who can't do for themselves, just being employed
lousy pay, working lunch, healthcare plan is useless, vacation and sick days are not separate, union does nothing for you but take your money
assistant manager (Current Employee) – tampa,fl – March 30, 2014
• Direct care staff • Supervising a staff of 6 and residents • Maintain report files, typing various correspondences, maintain scheduling appointments • Responsible for maintaining and sorting the mail as well as office supplies, and other clerical duties