Job consumes your life. Mentally, physically, emotionally.
Residential Child Care Counselor (Former Employee) – Methuen, MA – March 8, 2016
Shifts are rarely less than 12 hours. They go all the way up to 24 hours. The long hours aren't the issue. You know about the hours going into the job. You do not get breaks. NONE. Even in the 24 hour shifts. Sure, you get to go play basketball, you get to take them ice skating, to the movies. But you never get just a break. You need a break, mentally. You need a break in a working place. It is illegal not to. On the long shifts, there are 2 staff in each unit. One sleeps for 2-3 hours, then the next person sleeps. That's it. In 24 hours, you sleep for 2-3 hours. Every other week, you don't sleep at all. You never get to go into the staff office and sleep. It's exhausting. Physically and mentally exhausting. You never see your family because when you're not working, you're sleeping because you're exhausted. They need to change their ways. They need a third person when one or two are sleeping. These kids. You are their world. And that is such a blessing and amazing feeling to know you're changing the lives of unfortunate children. But the stress of the job almost isn't worth it. Have no life. Have no family. Don't have emotions. Don't have any personal issues. Just don't be human if you want to work here.
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