Summary of Family Independence Special placement in School District
Family Independence Specialist (Current Employee) – Lansing, MI – September 6, 2018
A typical day at work can be challenging. You are trying to meet the needs of families and children with barriers - working towards self sufficiency. My last placement was in a school environment which may it convenient for parents to seek assistance as well for their children. Working with community partners and school staff to ensure the safety, attendance and academic achievement was the most rewarding. However, with open door policy and deadlines to meet concerning the process of determining eligibility for program assistance, logging statistical outcomes, meetings and administrative duties were time consuming; each specialist worked independently/mobile. Management was only needed in case of an emergency and monthly meetings. The hardest part of the job is that you can not save nobody or help everybody; there has to be some self determination and/or motivation. Moreover, the limited resources in which being creative for getting sponsors can be time consuming also. You can build upon someone's strength and/or teach them or lead them in the right directions but they have to be willing to receive it. But what I learned the most is treat all (especially the children) with compassion and understanding because no one is exempt from life's ups and downs.
Not enough time in a day and no overtime.