Very hectic work place and unorganized at times
Paraprofessional, work room manager, Pine City, MN - August 7, 2015
The participants would show up off the vans and we would escort them into their rooms. Then they would get ready for their organized activities or their day jobs. I have learned that people with mental disabilities are very special individuals and can do just as much as we can. I learned what some of the disorders are and what causes them or how they got to be that way in life. The management was alright at first but after a while started to click and was very hard to work with. Co-workers were okay but also did a lot of gossiping that made work hard. The hardest part of the job was being beat up everyday by the participants. When you work with a mentally disabled adult they are not aware of what they are doing and what their feeling. It is sometimes draining on us as individuals to see them suffer in this way, but we take the beating. The most enjoyable part of the job was that I was doing something that I felt I was passionate about. I enjoyed helping these participants and I felt good about what I was doing. I was happy to be a part of their lives and a role model for the women who looked up to me every morning that smiled at me and said, "ready for work Wendy." It just made me feel good deep down and that they enjoyed my presence as well.