I've worked most of my career as a human services unlicensed social worker for young single parents with dependent children and also advocated and helped disabled adults and elders in need of comprehensive healthcare, financial supports and other necessary supportive services. After 911, i had a rare opportunity to work as a private contractor for a state program that helped retired veterans, and widows of veterans from World Wars I, II and Korean campaigns obtain monthly pensions from the federal and state governments. I also traveled long distances daily and worked alone. I had a supervisor I rarely saw who sent me referrals from agencies in the district I was in charge of. That was the best career and labor of love I have ever had and experienced. I met so many wonderful families too and received kind letters of appreciation from my clients and their adult children that I met and assisted. When Medicare Part D came into fruition in Massachusetts, my contract ended and I was out of work. No one helped me find gainful employment and I was already past the age of retirement. I earned my master's degree while working and attended Assumption College out of Worcester in a nearby college site part time for three years. I never got my state license because it would have taken more money I didn't have and I couldn't find work as well. Single and over age 60, I took whatever I could find in the drug and alcohol field, which, to me was draining and depressing. But, I was able to help some females I worked closely with and it gave me a sense of pride that I had something to do with saving a life from drugs and alcohol abuse. I could never get a schedule where I could gain the required supervisory hours from a qualified counselor. Most of the time my schedule put me working without supervision as a per diem counselor/therapitst/clinician.
I am now retired, but many times I believe I can still do some good if I could find a way to earn my state certification.