Case Manager, HIV/AIDS Community Follow-Up Program (Former Employee) – Smithtown, NY – October 2, 2014
I have a degree in Psychology but really what did that mean for me? I knew, like all other social workers, I felt at my best when helping someone else. It wasn’t until this job, was I able to solidify that philosophy of a 'helper' with real life purpose. My time at Options for Community Living allowed me to know where I belong in society. I knew from this point on that I wanted to be the voice for the voiceless. I want to contribute to the success of the people that society has forgotten or thrown away. I wanted to give, not just the presence of a non- judgment atmosphere, but the true essence of one. My professional relationships grew under the knowledge that under no circumstances would ever judge a single word they would say. No matter who my client was I felt no judgment against anything they do or have done. I know from the deepest part of me that I am not better or worse in any way. I believe this is what made me a successful Case Manager. I know anyone of us can be homeless, be an addict or become HIV+ so when I worked for my clients I did so with as much vigor as if I was fighting for myself.
A wonderful population to work with